Still on the subject of Makara … after we took photos of laser trails and light painted rocks, we pointed our lenses up to the sky and attempted to take photos of the stars. Apparently, Makara Beach (and that particularly secluded cove we were at) is one of the best locations for Star Photography primarily because it is away from the city thus, there’s very little light pollution.
The photo above is my first attempt at star photography. It’s not that great, I know. The stars are fuzzy but hey! I think that’s not a bad image for a beginner.
Bernie (one of the guys from the club) helped us set our cameras so we could take semi-decent star photos because we were just pointing the lens up in the sky … trying vainly to find something to focus on and leaving the shutter open for 30 seconds. Although we had our cameras set on timers, we’d pass the time by counting from 1 to 30 in different languages. At one point, we had English, German, French, Portuguese and Filipino numbers being yelled out simultaneously. We had a lot of fun!
At about 9:30 pm, we felt the chill. We decided that it was getting late and thought it best that we went back home. We had to navigate through rocks and sand and uneven ground with flashlights on our heads (and me wrapped up in a duvet) all while carrying food, our camera bags and of course, our camera and tripods. How we managed to get to our cars without slipping or hurting ourselves is beyond me.
Thus … if you want to have an unobstructed view of the sky, see the milky way and other galaxies in our cosmos to take pictures or simply ponder on the meaning of life (or the reason for your existence), I’d really recommend going to Makara. It’s quite a walk, but the views are worth it.
Incidentally, if you want to stay closer to civilisation, the beaches near the carpark afford amazing views as well.