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#1 vladfrenkel

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 06:46 PM

My first attempt at night skies photography. For real.

Yosemite night skies.

Pls don't judge too harsh.

 

Thanks a lot for viewing.

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 07:26 PM

Yosemite is one of my most favorite places anywhere. You certainly captured tons of stars, my amateur opinion is that your exposure is too long because each star began to trail and a foreground of some sort would improve the shot dramatically.  In my experiences for a shot like this 15-20 seconds is a good exposure length (no trailing) and because it is so dark, set up with an interesting foreground that you can briefly illuminate with an LED flashlight during the exposure, it will show up nicely in your photo.  Right now the Milky Way star cluster should be visible and should photograph very well there.  I'm not positive but it should be due west northwest, best on a moonless night which is coming up in a couple weeks. If you can get somewhere along the Tioga Pass with a good view of the sky or get to Mono Lake near Lee Vining, CA you will have an awesome view, you are restricted somewhat in the valley. Best!


Also wide angle lens and your fastest aperture!



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Posted 10 August 2017 - 07:39 PM

That is a beautiful shot, despite the star trailing. If you can adjust your settings to speed up your shutter without losing exposure and noise, you should definitely give it a try.



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Posted 10 August 2017 - 08:03 PM

Ive found good old formula online that says to avoid trailing one should do 600/focal length... So in this case it was 24-70 f2.8 lens thus I did 25 seconds...hmm looks like bit too long according to trails.
Yep not in Yosemite anymore unfortunately...:( Great place to be. Yep I wanted just Stars so quite intentional learning experience. Inclusion of other objects would be coming next :)
Here was try #2 with different camera and different location. Unfortunately not as many stars

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 03:40 AM

Second one works best for me though the first is also very interesting.. well done.



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Posted 11 August 2017 - 08:06 AM

Thank you

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 11:31 AM

Nice work!  I envy your location.  I prefer the colour in the first picture.  The second one looks over saturated to my eyes.  The sky in the first shot seems more natural.  The inclusion of a foreground works well in no.2



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Posted 11 August 2017 - 11:38 AM

Thanks Roderick. Yep, learning. First is FF picture (36MP) and second is Apsc (24mp). Practicing with background inclusion of second as you've said. So far only 2 pictures of the night skies and I'm not in Yosemite anymore.SF where I live 360 days in the year skies are covered in thick cloud cover so don't know when I'll be able to try it next time :( But certainly planning to.

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 07:24 AM

Big cities have their charms, but clear unpolluted skies is not one of 'em.

Summer skies over here never really get dark - but we get 18 hours of darkness in the winter, so everybody wins :)





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