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    Posted: 01 November 2020 at 08:28
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 October 2020 at 09:59
Well I'm pretty much done taking Milky Way photos this year
I don't do fancy photographing or editing like star tracker or stacking and such. It doesn't go w my motto
"keep it simple, travel lite". I try to do my best w single exposures at higher elevations. And I'm still learning.

I have a hard time getting myself to press the HDR button. Pristine is a word high on my photographing vocabulary.
Anyway here are a few I have taken this year, from August thru this October. I have been extremely fortunate to get many, what I call "Perfect Storm" nights up here and its amazing just being out there enjoying it.

1.

Sony ILCE-6000
Rokinon 12mm f.2
f/2
12.0 mm
25 sec
ISO 8000




2.

Sony ILCE-6500
Rokinon 21mm f1.4
f1/4
21.0 mm
5 sec
ISO 16000




3.

Sony ILCE-6500
Rokinon 12mm f.2
f.2
12.0 mm
20 sec
ISO 4000




4.

Sony ILCE-6500
Rokinon 21mm f1.4
f1/4
21.0 mm
4 sec
ISO 2000




5. and the Pleiades on a rich and wonderful night

Sony ILCE-6500
Rokinon 12mm f.2
f.2
12.0 mm
10 sec
ISO 8000
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 October 2020 at 02:49
tonights dusk lunar

Sony ILCE-6500
E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS
f/6.3
350.0 mm
1/50
6400 F
I was surprised and pleased by the visible shadows
hand held, single exposure, no post processing, no cropping
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 October 2020 at 06:28

Milky way from South Australia. Sony a850 with 14mm samyang 2.8 iso1600 (damn you old sensor tech!). sequence of 10 30 second shots stacked and downsampled.

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A850, 50 1.4 & 70-300g, ziess 24-70 2.8
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 October 2020 at 22:58
last nights Milky Way (unedited)

a6500, Rokinon 21mm f1.4
one 4 sec exposure
ISO, 20,000
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 September 2020 at 07:52
tonights lunar


a6500
Rokinon 21mm f1.4
a6000, a6500, Zeiss 16-70, Sony 70-350G, Rokinon 12mm f.2, Rokinon 21mm f, 1.4, Rokkor MC 58mm f, 1.4 < Long distances at Hi speed >
 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2020 at 21:19
one night at the campsite

A7III and A6500 with glass from 10mm to 600mm my flickr
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2020 at 09:12
Thanks, both. By the time the next new moon fast approaches Iíll be in the extreme southwest of the UK, in Cornwall. Bortle scale 2 skies not far away. All I need is one clear night in four away ....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2020 at 08:22
Thanks Howard,
Thats why I often refer to "the Perfect Storm" is needed (optimal viewing and photographing conditions) to get the Milky Way photo. When its here you have to go for it because, the Perfect Storm doesn't come around very much.
It was here a few weeks ago and I had 2 night shoots. Since then it hasn't happened only regular storms, ha ha and now the moon is interfering
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 August 2020 at 01:22
Thanks Howard. I'm so sorry you didn't get clear skies. It's been kind of a struggle here this summer. I'm lucky to live only about an hour+ drive from this area. I put off the trip 3 days due to clouds, finally got a good clear night and the fog did not fill this valley early. There is an old iconic barn in the valley that many make milky way photos over. I have a good one, so did not stop this time, but as I drove by, the MW was so bright, looked like a cloud over it. I don't think I've posted my photo of it here, might if I have not already.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 August 2020 at 19:13
Congratulations Dena and Coast for your inspiring captures.

Alas my visit to the south coast of Britain and the dark skies of Dorset was treated to a lot of cloud overnight; another time maybe.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 August 2020 at 17:30
Yes, an amazing experience and here we have the screech owls, coyotes, and lots of other critters including bears. All those night sounds add to it. One time I'm sure a large owl flew right by my head. Never heard anything, but a pressure change and some air movement on the left side of my face. Another time 3 raccoons kept trying to break into my photo bag, and I was standing right next to it!!

This night I was out in a very remote area with almost no light pollution and no moon, but the stars were so bright, I could see without my lamp enough to walk after awhile. I use a red cover on my lamp on photo nights, preserves the night vision.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 August 2020 at 07:25
I've had the great fortune to see the night sky at a high elevation in a field in the woods on top of a mountain with zero light pollution. It is an extraordinary sight way beyond comprehension. To see stars, constellations, galaxies, etc so clearly and brilliantly, certainly is not an everyday sight.
Then to add the Milky Way from horizon to horizon increases much to whats already there. It is faint even in those circumstances but clearly visible and the whole vision is magnificent . At least in my opinion.

It is dark, so dark without light, that it is hard to see your hand in front of your face and everything is totally black or totally white
I felt I should post one of my recent photos taken under similar situations, but very different place, in B&W. As it is more of an accurate picture of what the naked eye see's

Here are 2 versions of the same pic, the 1st a camera view and the other more of a naked eye view, once acclimated







My 1st time, I walked away only when the moon started coming up thinking I was in God's Cathedral

the experience is much greater than a photograph

Edited by Coast - 26 August 2020 at 08:25
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 August 2020 at 00:22
Dena,

Terrific, nuff said.
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