Thursday, September 25, 2014

Having Fun Photographing at Night

Fernandez house at the stone barn farm under the clouds and stars converted to black and white

I am sorry that the night of September 24, no one, except my grandson joined me for a night of photographing milky way.  Although there were some clouds present, the sky was clear enough to capture the stars and glimpses of the Milky Way.  Besides taken various pictures from different angles of the sky, we also experimented with Light-painting, including taking some selfies.  The only difficulty we had was determining the right length of time to leave the flashlight on.  Because of the sensitivity of my sensor , light painting only required a few seconds; while my grandson who was using a Nikon D300s required a longer time.

 My camera and lens was a Nikon D800 and a Ronikon 24 mm lens (this lens is completely manual and is a great lens for night sky photography along with its brother the 14 mm lens).  My settings on the camera was ISO 2500, 20 second exposure, with a two second delay on the shutter firing after the remote trigger was pressed.  With these settings, looking at the histogram and the LCD on the camera, you would think we were shooting in daylight.  Except for Thursday night, September 25 when it's supposed to be raining in southeastern Massachusetts, the rest of the weekend, the sky at night is supposed to be clear and if you haven't tried photographing the Milky Way, this is a good chance to do it.

Photo Right out of the camera

Same photo processed in LR
Same scene Light-painted


Clouds and Milky Way

Clouds and Milky Way plus light plaiting

Clouds and Milky Way different view

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