Night Sky Photography

August 15, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

  

   I have been inspired as of late by all of the great night sky time lapse videos that I have watched on the net. Space is amazing in itself so being able to document it through photography has been an exciting venture. I have done my research and a lot of trial and error shots but think that I finally have a handle on understanding how the exposure time impacts each night sky photo.

   Standing in a dark field at one in the morning is a little unnerving but I have found that you eventually get used to it, although I have heard noises that are a bit frightening at times....  

    Dark skies (no light infiltration, although i have played a little bit with light painting) and a tripod are a must for successful night sky shots. I have done anywhere from twenty four seconds to twenty five minute exposures so hand holding the camera is completely out of the question. My lens of choice is a 14mm which allows me to shoot the vastness of the sky and I use an Intervalometer that allows me to set shutter speeds longer than the camera's limit of 30 seconds.

    I also use a headlamp with a red light to see where I am walking and when I need light for controlling camera settings. Bear repellant and a hunting knife are also part of my standard kit because you never know....

    I have just barely scratched the surface with this new interest but have turned out a few very nice shots. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, photography is a never ending education. There is always something new to learn and to experiment with.

    I know that I will eventually find myself creating videos from time lapse stills but for right now I will concentrate on the basics and see what kind of amazing photos I can produce.

 

  


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