Astrophotography | Julian, CA

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Last Saturday I tried my hand at something new {to me} – astrophotography. I went out to Julian with a group of friends to photograph the Milky Way.

We planted ourselves in the middle of an open field at the Menghini Winery and watched with wonder as the sky filled with millions of stars.

Astrophotography | Julian, CA

Astrophotography | Julian, CA

Astrophotography | Julian, CA

Astrophotography | Julian, CA

It was a great introduction to astrophotography. I still have a lot to learn, but I get the general idea. For those who’d like to give astrophotography a try my starting point was f/4 (or as wide open as your lens can go), ISO 3200 with long-exposure noise reduction turned on, and anywhere from 13-30 seconds. The longer ones were definitely giving me small star trails if you zoom in (hence my need to work on this some more) but that should get you started.

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