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Re: night sky pictures

Postby vonmackle » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:08 pm

Nice! Great pictures! Keep 'em coming.

Matt...Love the Milky Way over Durango shot.

The Garden of the Gods shot inspired me to post one of my own that I took on Christmas morning. I had just bought a new 50mm lens and wanted to see what it could do. With just a hint of light on the eastern horizon, I put my camera on the tripod, opened the lens all the way, set the exposure to 30 seconds and the focus to infinity. It's wasn't a perfect result, but I kind of like the dreamy feel created by combination of the unintentional soft focus, the star trails, and the vignetting in the corners.

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby realhillboarding » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:12 pm

I decided to add some stars to the big dipper while on vacation in Minnesota this past summer :D
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby TCUTED » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:23 pm

vonmackle wrote:My wife and I camped a couple nights near treeline along Matterhorn Creek this week. This is the view from our camp as I woke up at 4:15 on Thursday morning to hike Uncompahgre and Matterhorn:



Great shot! how do you get the foreground so bright and focused like that? I assume high F-numbers on your aperture, and a longer exposure, but even then...was the moon out?

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby vonmackle » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:57 am

TCUTED wrote:Great shot! how do you get the foreground so bright and focused like that? I assume high F-numbers on your aperture, and a longer exposure, but even then...was the moon out?


Thanks! Yes, I believe it was around a quarter moon. I love shooting using moonlight. For this shot I used a five minute exposure at f4, ISO 400. Everything was far enough away that I could use a wide aperture and still have everything in focus. I manually focused on the moon (which was above and behind me) and then carefully recomposed the shot so I wouldn't bump the lens back out of focus.
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby mattpayne11 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:35 am

vonmackle wrote:Nice! Great pictures! Keep 'em coming.

Matt...Love the Milky Way over Durango shot.

The Garden of the Gods shot inspired me to post one of my own that I took on Christmas morning. I had just bought a new 50mm lens and wanted to see what it could do. With just a hint of light on the eastern horizon, I put my camera on the tripod, opened the lens all the way, set the exposure to 30 seconds and the focus to infinity. It's wasn't a perfect result, but I kind of like the dreamy feel created by combination of the unintentional soft focus, the star trails, and the vignetting in the corners.



Really nice shot, man. Good work.

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby vonmackle » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:51 am

Matt, I just recently checked out your photos on Flickr. You have some great stuff on there!
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby mattpayne11 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:49 am

vonmackle wrote:Matt, I just recently checked out your photos on Flickr. You have some great stuff on there!


Thanks man... been trying to expand my horizons a little bit... doing a 365 project this year so it is keeping me thinking!

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:59 am

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby vonmackle » Mon May 07, 2012 6:24 am

I was in Dinosaur National Monument for a few days last week and actually made the effort to get out and practice some moonlight shots. Despite being a couple days before the full moon, that moon was bright! Can't wait to get out and try some more moonlight photography the next time around.

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby prestone818 » Mon May 07, 2012 9:40 am

some awesome pics. the ones that look like daylight, is that from moonlight or iso 5 million?

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby Leigh » Mon May 07, 2012 8:11 pm

I love night photos - probably because I barely see any stars where I live, so it's nice to see them in pictures.

One thing that has helped is buying a remote shutter release (very inexpensive Nikon model) so you don't shake the camera when you press the shutter.

These two are probably my favorite so far, taken from a camp on the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park - a full moon was rising and lighting up the canyon walls
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For those with the star trail photos, how long of an exposure does that typically require? I haven't yet had the patience for those!

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby vonmackle » Tue May 08, 2012 6:55 am

prestone818 wrote:the ones that look like daylight, is that from moonlight or iso 5 million?


In my Dinosaur NM set, it's more of a combination of bright moon, longer exposures, wide apertures and exposure adjustment in Lightroom. I try to keep the iso setting lower to reduce noise.

Here are the settings I used for the three pictures.

Photo 1:
2 minute exposure at iso 200, 24mm at f4 I had to increase exposure in lightroom because it was underexposed.

Photo 2:
20 second exposure at iso 400, 50mm at f1.4

Photo3:
30 seconds at iso 200, 50mm at f1.4


Leigh wrote: from a camp on the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park - a full moon was rising and lighting up the canyon walls


Nice shots. I love how the Big Dipper sits just right over the canyon walls.
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