My favourite photo of 2016

In front of Horsehead Rock a man stands perched with a beam of light shiing into the night sky showing the Milky WayHow do I describe my most favourite photo of 2016? It’s hard, because the one shown isn’t actually “technically” all that great. I’ve taken better photos: photos of places, photos of people, photos of things. But I think this photo best represents one of my 2016 goals which was to, “get off the balcony”.

So what does get off the balcony mean? Well yes, I am fortunate enough to have a fantastic view to the west of Canberra that offers spectacular sunsets and the occasional storms. I know people love these photos, they tell me all the time, but I was feeling that they were too easy.

What did it take to get the photo?

So for my favourite photo, what is it? To achieve this photo I had to travel to Horse Head Rock near Bermagui in New South Wales, Australia. I had to plan for the moon phase to light the landscape just so and I had to plan for the tide to be low. And of course the weather had to co-operate (which the first night I tried to go out it totally didn’t). I had to get out well after dark so the Milky Way would be in position. And truth be told there was a small amount of risk in getting there due to the 10 minutes of clambering over rocks in the dark.

When I was out there though, when I was there, all on my own on a chilly July night, the waves softly murmuring meters from where I was, there was such an element of calm for me. While the human eye can’t see the detail that the camera sees, with each photo I took I saw a sky full of stars and a landscape full of wonder. There may or may not have been a hipflask of whisky with me at the time, but I can say it was one of the quietest most peaceful moments of 2016 for me.

Looking forward

Look at what you want out of next year. Find what a little planning might do for you and the wonder that you can bring into your being. Find peace in those things for yourself and for those others who will also find joy in them. And most of all – love and experience joy yourself.

Technical detail

Shot with a Canon 6D, Samyang 14mm lens, 20sec, f/2.8 ISO6400, self timer 10sec