Light is Everything!

The Milky Way


After a nice fire with our good neighbour last night, we looked up and realized that the stars were amazing! I mean, they always are but last night was tremendous on account of there was no moon. Awesome! I went and grabbed the old picture box and set it up after googling how to take photos of the Milky Way. Turns out ISO 3200 and 30″ exposure does nicely. After nabbing several cool pics of the Milky Way itself, I set the camera up to include some foreground nicery. There was a nearby tree that was conveniently being lit up by some RM yard lights across the valley from us. Made for a cool light painting effect without having to do any work. Bonus! 😎

In other news, my life is total upheaval at the moment. My main computer, my faithful 2008 iMac bit the dust this last week. Thankfully my backups all work and I didn’t lose any data. However, I’m down to living off of one Macbook Air with 128GB flash memory for storage. Umm, ya. It’s like packing up a mansion and cramming the contents into a pup tent. Not gonna happen. So, I’m stuck living off of external hard drives. Doh. It sucks. Plus, all the new Mac computers with the slick new Haswell chips are not out yet. Hopefully this month!! And I will order a new mac mini ASAP. I’m leaving iMacs behind and going for the 27″ Cinema Display (hopefully updated this month too with 4 or 5K resolution!) and a totally flash driven mac mini. Should be screamin fast for my needs. Anyways, until then, I wait. Editing on my 11″ MB Air…. 👿





3 responses

  1. wahomej

    Stunning photography, Please share with me your EXIF details and how you prepared for this shot. I’m keen to do an astro shoot sometime this year, but I have no idea what will work for my Nikon D3000 camera.

    October 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    • Thanks! Glad you like it. The EXIF was 3200 ISO, f/4, 30 seconds. I had the D800 camera locked down on a tripod. On the D3000, it might be trickier image quality at higher ISO. You might have to go ISO 1600 for a minute, but as such, you will get noticeable star trails.

      October 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      • wahomej

        Thanks a whole heap I’ll give it a shot and see how it turns out.

        October 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm

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