Kwaaymii Point | Laguna Mountain | CA
Day to Night
Last weekend I went up to the mountains with my photo club for a Milky Way photoshoot. We got there a bit early so we all managed to grab a few photos of the sweeping landscape before the sun went down. The view was phenomenal!
The cloudy sky made for a brilliant sunset
Finally it was dark enough to shoot some stars. We still had some clouds in the sky, but they cleared just enough to capture the Milky Way!
A few thoughts on night-sky photography
Earlier efforts I’ve made with astrophotography fell short of these results. For this outing I got my hands on a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens and it worked out well!
However, I’ve confirmed (time and time again) that my trusty Canon 7D does not handle high-ISOs well. The f/2.8 lens helped, but I still had pretty awful noise at ISO 2000 & 3200. (Anyone out there want to buy me a Canon 6D or 5DmkIII? Anyone? Pretty please?)
While my results weren’t perfect (and required a heavy hand with Topaz DeNoise in post), I still had a great time and learned a lot! I look forward to capturing the night sky again some day soon!
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