The Making of “Self Powered” by David Phillips

The Milky Way shimmers in the night sky, lighting up the area with its awe-inspiring presence. Right alongside the impressive Milky Way view, you can see a staple of the countryside – a power generating windmill keeping things moving in the light breeze.

Technical Specs

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5DS R
  • Lens: TS-E24mm f/3.5L II
  • Focal Length: 24.0mm
  • Aperture: f/3.5
  • ISO: 12800
  • Shutter Speed: 30 sec
  • Focus Mode: Evaluative Metering
  • Tripod used: Yes
  • Flash used: No

About the Experience

On an outing to find a low light pollution around Mackay, I came upon this wonderful view near the Seaforth area. I wasn’t seeking out any skylight shots, but this one came upon me during my drive. I knew it was a view that I had to capture and share with others.

I took the picture right on the roadside, overlooking this breathtaking natural vista. I kept the shutter speed nice and slow at 30 seconds on a tripod, giving enough time to really capture the Milky Way in all its glory. It doesn’t matter how many times I capture night sky shots like this; they are always an amazing experience that I look forward to.

My Thoughts

Obviously, the beauty of the windmill far in the background is one of my inspirations to the title of this photograph. But, another big part of the self-powered aspect this picture captures is within our Solar System. We see a wonderful juxtaposition between human-made power and the immense and raw natural power within the rotation of our earth among this amazingly vivid, natural world.

The Milky Way moves in the sky following the earth’s rotation. As the stars move, so does the windmill – following the breeze and providing us with power that keeps our lives moving forward.

Milky Way photography is truly contagious and is becoming more and more popular with ever-advancing camera equipment. I’m always so humbled when I have the opportunity to find myself far away from any other sources of light, marvelling in the wonderful show our world puts on for us.

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