Shooting Stars Assignment Winner Tarun Kottary

Congratulations to Tarun Kottary for winning the recent Shooting Stars Assignment with his image, “Moonlit Cove.”
Photo by Tarun Kottary

Congratulations to Tarun Kottary for winning the recent Shooting Stars Assignment with his image, “Moonlit Cove.” The image was taken in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, California.

“Getting a clear night without fog around the coast is very tricky along the Bay Area coast during the summer time,” says Kottary. “One of my good friends Raja wanted to shoot the Milky Way at McWay Falls, and I accompanied him during this night. I always try to get something different and unique from McWay Falls, as I had seen lots of very popular ones from here previously. When the moon came out, I noticed it created moon rays along the cove, and it was a wonderful scene lighting up the area. The shot itself is a blend of a couple of exposures a couple of minutes apart. I used a filter that bloats the star to give the hazy feeling. This was shot on a Nikon D810 and Rokinon 24mm."

See more of Tarun Kottary’s photography at tarunkottary.com, and follow him on Instagram.

2 Comments

    Is the Milky Way in this image “enlarged”, compared to the angle of view of the foreground? It looks like the Milky Way is a single ~24mm frame, yet the foreground (based on having seen *tons* of other McWay images) looks like it’s ~14mm.

    Obviously editing such as this is not uncommon today, but it’s still a “trick” that I wish were more commonly disclosed, especially in contests. Because, simply put, this is essentially the same as dramatically blowing up a moon, or enlarging / warping a mountain or any other significant element in a photograph, in order to suit the artists’ whims. My only hope is that we treat such topics as less taboo in the future, and avoid polarizing into categories of “purist” and “anything goes / no disclosure necessary” every time the subject comes up…

    An amazing image, of course, in fact one of the best images of this place that I have ever seen, by a long shot. Well done and congratulations, Tarun.

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