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Bushfire burning on Mt Barney at night

14 October 2013


A Night to Remember

Mt Barney on fire

On Sunday 22nd September I went out to Mt Barney to try to photograph the Milky Way setting over the mountain.

On approaching it became obious that there was too much cloud for that to happen. As I got to the base of the mountain a fire on the southern side came into view. Given that the photo opportunity had gone, or more accurately, changed, I called in to visit friends at My Barney Lodge. There I met a couple of National Parks rangers who were discussing the options to prevent the fire getting out of control. One possibility was to start spot fires on the northern slopes via chopper the next day.

The next day, as I was driving back from Brisbane the smoke was visible from over 60 km away. My plans for the evening changed as i headed for Mt Barney. Because the sky was cloudless there seemed like a good chance of getting the Milky Way shot with an extra bonus. On the approach to Mt Barney it became obvious that the fire was even bigger than imagined. After a quick chat at Mt Barney Lodge I raced up the hill carrying two cameras, two tripods, a variety of lenses and batteries.



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My main goal was to capture a time-lapse sequence of images, that individually also portrayed the awesome beauty of the scene. As the sky darkened the Milky Way did become visible.

My favourite image from the time-lapse photos.

Mt Barney on fire

You will find more details at Mt Barney Fire




It's times like this when it would be nice to have two latest model cameras. I had to wait until just before leaving to capture a series of images for a panorama. Mt Barney on fireMore details can be found on the page Fires of Mt Barney.



Here is the time-lapse video.

from Rob Packer on Vimeo.



Gear used: Manfrotto tripod, Really Right Stuff BH55 ballhead & L-Bracket for Canon 6D, Ef 16-35mm lens @ 16mm, f 2.8, shutter speeds ranging from 10 - 25 seconds, ISO 100-4,000



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