This is my first ever attempt at photographing the Milky Way, what do you think?

It was a pretty crazy night when I was invited (after months of me dropping not so subtle hints and probably getting a bit annoying) to go on a mission to photograph the stars. We left at 11pm, drove from Sydney to the central coast, scouted a few locations then settled on this spot at Forresters Beach. We photographed from about 1am to 3:30am then drove back to Sydney and I got to bed 20 minutes before I normally wake up!

I loved every minute of this creative adventure and am thankful for the invite and guiding hand, as this style of photography has a lot of quirks to learn. Those who know me also know I’m much more of a morning person than a night owl, but this just might have got me keen enough to start exploring the dark half of the day a little more!..

Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…

  • Mary
    Posted at 23:47h, 15 March Reply


  • Lisa
    Posted at 23:53h, 15 March Reply


  • T.C.
    Posted at 23:53h, 15 March Reply

    Love it

  • Craig
    Posted at 23:54h, 15 March Reply

    You kidding me!!!

  • Graeme
    Posted at 23:58h, 15 March Reply


  • Stephanie
    Posted at 00:03h, 16 March Reply

    Well done Joel (although I am not surprised as your photos are alway amazing)!! I also appreciate how natural your photos are, you really capture the beauty of nature which most photographers miss and try to compensate by over “photoshopping” their image (I’m very guilty of that).

    Enjoy your day!

    Steph Henzlik

  • Gerry
    Posted at 00:04h, 16 March Reply


  • Ward
    Posted at 00:09h, 16 March Reply

    Amazing photos. Glad you found a great place to do it.


  • Garry
    Posted at 00:18h, 16 March Reply

    Fabulous Joel- many thanks.

  • Tracey
    Posted at 00:19h, 16 March Reply

    Just stunning!

  • Ginette
    Posted at 00:23h, 16 March Reply

    Just stunning Joel… but then your photographs always are.

  • pete gee
    Posted at 00:56h, 16 March Reply

    you da man, J.
    keep on keepn on

  • michael
    Posted at 01:10h, 16 March Reply

    nature is so beautiful and fascinating. why are humans looking past this for super natural?

  • michael
    Posted at 01:12h, 16 March Reply

    nature is so beautiful and fascinating. why are humans looking past this for super natural?

  • tom-paul jagg
    Posted at 02:01h, 16 March Reply

    Holy Crap Joel, This is THE BEST ! ! !

  • Chad Barlow - seabelow292
    Posted at 02:49h, 16 March Reply

    Opening up another dimension of your great photography! Well done!

  • Anne
    Posted at 03:23h, 16 March Reply

    well, it is amazing. never seen anything like it!

  • Tom
    Posted at 03:25h, 16 March Reply

    Epic, I’ll definitely be in to pick up a acrylic mount of the milky way sometime!

  • Kat
    Posted at 03:26h, 16 March Reply


    I LOVE THEM!!!!

    Can’t wait to see more!!!!!

    Especially of the moon and upcoming lunar eclipse (if we’re able to see it here). ❤️

    Love love love.

    X X X ❤️❤️❤️

  • Jami
    Posted at 03:27h, 16 March Reply

    Amazing dude

  • Steve
    Posted at 03:33h, 16 March Reply

    Spectacular photos Joel.Thanks for sharing.

  • Joanne
    Posted at 04:31h, 16 March Reply


  • Matthew
    Posted at 05:37h, 16 March Reply

    Joel – seriously, these are beautiful. Kudos for you for knocking the ball out of the park with a very challenging technical exercise. Congratulations dude!

  • Keith
    Posted at 11:00h, 16 March Reply

    Mate these pics are gorgeous

    Remind me of my childhood in the bush in Afica!

  • Dr John
    Posted at 20:19h, 16 March Reply

    Utterly superb photos! And what a privilege you have in the southern hemisphere due to the way the solar system’s (60 degrees) & earth’s (23.5 degrees) tilted orbits happen to combine to point toward the galactic centre, albeit hidden behind those dark clouds of interstellar dust.
    They also make it clear that we are some distance from the centre, in fact about 2/3rds of the way out in the suburbs.
    Makes you think more than any ocean wave can do, so more please!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 22:17h, 16 March Reply

    Absolutely beautiful, thanks Joel.

  • Wally Franklin
    Posted at 04:51h, 17 March Reply

    Awesome stuff Joel
    I have experienced similar out the back range from Charlottes pass near the headwaters of Snowy river.
    Worth checking out sometime!

  • Tom
    Posted at 10:13h, 17 March Reply


  • Annette Gill
    Posted at 15:46h, 17 March Reply

    Love, love these photos, worth your tiring sleep deprived night this awesome end result!

  • Neil
    Posted at 06:33h, 18 March Reply

    Phenomenal – well done!

  • Jonathon
    Posted at 07:43h, 18 March Reply

    Not bad, sweet with the foreground water.

  • Saïd
    Posted at 17:35h, 20 March Reply


  • Raul Volkmer
    Posted at 12:56h, 21 March Reply

    PERFECT !!
    Congratulations !!

  • Ann
    Posted at 20:56h, 22 March Reply


  • Zoe
    Posted at 03:20h, 03 August Reply


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