I have walked past this old tree on the boundary of the Point Cook homestead many times during the day. I always said that I would come back at night, as I believed that it would make a great foreground element for a milky way photo.
Being so close to the city light pollution is a big problem. Luckily this area faces south and it is relatively dark for a suburban location.
I wanted to create a composition with the Milkyway running vertically in the frame. I also wanted to make sure that the Moon would be below the horizon so as not to ruin my shot. To do all this I use PhotoPills to plan the shot. It turns out that I had to wait a few weeks for the perfect time to capture this scene. I put the time in my calendar and waited to hope that the weather would comply with my plans.