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Re: night sky pictures

Postby Chinook » Tue May 29, 2012 10:11 pm

Yeah, I call it the exploding cloud.
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby mattpayne11 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:43 pm

Here's one I took Friday night / Saturday morning. Hope you enjoy.

7 shot vertipano of the Milky Way - taken at the Silver Creek TH (Sunshine Redcloud).

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby Lyssah » Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:06 pm

Beautiful Matt!

A work friend of mine recently returned from Everest (APril 2012). He gave me some night sky shots because he knows I love star-watching. I won't post more than these because they are the ones he has publically posted. Please don't reproduce.

Camp 2, looking WNW down the Western Cwm. Venus in photo. Nuptse slope at left, Everest slope at right.
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Base camp, looking NE toward Khumbutse (left), Lho La pass and Everest west ridge (right)
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby derekw » Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:21 am

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From twins lakes campsite last August.

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Re: night sky pictures

Postby djkest » Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:57 am

I took my first night photos last weekend. Conditions were perfect, but my method was not. I realized later that my lens was out of focus. Also I have kind of a cheap tripod and no remote release. I am guessing that next time, I should set my lens to as wide-angle as possible, then focus, while it's still light out? really hard to focus when it's pitch black and I can't see through the viewfinder well.

Anyway, here's my substandard attempts at capturing a fantastic evening in YBB.
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exposure: 30 seconds + long exposure noise reduction (take 1 minute per photo)
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby shotgung » Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:37 pm

njlinderer wrote:
Sugar Madison wrote:Shoshoni Peak (L) and Pawnee Peak (most of it, R), from Lake Isabelle

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This is a sick photo!


yep, probably one of my favorites out of the bunch. Great color and good focal point
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby JA_son27 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:58 pm

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This was taken along Nellie Creek road.
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby vonmackle » Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:26 pm

djkest wrote:I took my first night photos last weekend. Conditions were perfect, but my method was not. I realized later that my lens was out of focus. Also I have kind of a cheap tripod and no remote release. I am guessing that next time, I should set my lens to as wide-angle as possible, then focus, while it's still light out? really hard to focus when it's pitch black and I can't see through the viewfinder well.

Camera settings:
lens- 18 mm
exposure: 30 seconds + long exposure noise reduction (take 1 minute per photo)
ISO- 800-1200


Not bad for your first try. Certainly better than my first attempt. If you have a lens with a focus scale and everything is far enough away, you can just focus at infinity. Unfortunately a lot of lenses these days don't have focus scales. If your lens doesn't have a focus scale, when it's light out you can focus on something far away (infinity) and mark this on your lens and just set your focus there using your headlamp when it's dark. Another more complicated way can be used if you have a camera with a live view display and don't know where infinity is. First set your ISO really high (just don't forget to reset it later before you take your shot). Find the brightest planet or star (or the moon, that's the easiest if it's out) and, using your tripod, try pointing your camera so the object is as close to dead center as possible. Now with live view, try finding the object under 5X or 10X magnification by toggling around the zoom area. You may also need to adjust the lens focus back and forth while you do this because you will never find the object if you are too out of focus. Once you find the object, focus on it and then recompose your shot. Just be really careful not to bump the lens out of focus as you do this. Reset your ISO to where you want it and shoot. I hope this made sense and will be of help.
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby vonmackle » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:03 pm

A couple from Bison Peak:

Bison Amphitheater by Moonlight
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Moonlight and the Bison Monolith
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby vonmackle » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:09 pm

Twilight Over "The Spider"
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby sunny1 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:17 pm

^^^That is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: night sky pictures

Postby mattpayne11 » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:58 pm

Nice work Cameron. I'm heading into the Elks - hoping for some unique shots of the Bells in the dark ;)

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