There are many techniques involved in nighttime photography. Star trail photographs are a traditional approach dating back to the film days. If you think about it, that makes sense. With the ISOs commercially available to most of us photographers, shooting the nighttime sky was not an option. We simply didn’t have fast enough film.
With the advent of digital photography we can now push ISOs into the thousands and the noise levels are constantly improving. And we can modify our cameras’ sensors to sensitize them to infrared light, something that the serious and most accomplished nighttime photographers do. This provides us the opportunity to photograph both star trails and the night sky.
In previous articles I’ve discussed techniques for both types of nighttime photography. In the most recent one I describe a technique that can provide both star trails and night sky photographs from a single session. Here’s the link.
Exciting Nighttime Photography in 10 Easy Steps
One aspect I haven’t covered in detail yet is exposure.
Earlier this week there was a beautiful conjunction of the crescent moon and Venus in the early evening sky. So I grabbed my camera, got permission from my neighbor and used their front yard to photograph the moon and Venus over the Los Angeles basin here in Southern California.
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The second entry into the Orange County Fair this year is one that I planned for well over a year – Bristlecone Moon. The bristlecone pine are the oldest living trees on the planet. The oldest of these is over 4,800 years old. Imagine, not only will it outlive you and I, not only has it outlived our ancestors, but it has outlived whole civilizations.
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