Last night was clear and crisp so I decided to see what the nightsky looked like from a dark site. I drove out to Glenisland. At 10.30 in the evening, the sky was dark, clear and very big. I was hoping the Milky Way and Northern Lights over Lough Beltra would be visible.
Every so often, the Aurora made an appearance. The orange light on the lower left is the skyglow from Newport.
Although you could see thousands of stars and a hint of Aurora colour with the naked eye, it took some specific camera settings to pick all this out.
For the shooters out there, this is 15 vertical shots – all at 20 seconds exposure, F2.8, 15 mm focal length and ISO 2000. Merged to panorama in Lightroom.
It’s pretty awesome all of the stars and planets that are in our night sky but it’s even more surprising all of the stuff that’s whizzing by this pale blue dot that we call home.
The most difficult aspect of astro photography is actually getting focus. Setting the lens to manual and focusing on infinity helps.
In my landscape photography workshops, this could form part of a future shoot. Click for more details on my Group Workshops or my One to One Workshops. I also co-host a few night photography workshops throughout the year.
My beginner workshops will teach you how to work your camera, how to use all of its controls and more importantly, how to make a picture of whatever location you visit.
Photography is not about capturing awesome blood red sunsets and all the other cliches that you see online. It’s about you expressing your individuality, enjoying your hobby and capturing the world, the way you see it.
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