Night’s Beautiful Daughter, You


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  1. Nice! How long of an exposure were those? What lens? I’ve never gotten any good starry sky photos. I tend to get small trails. I guess I should raise the ISO off 100 hmm? I’m also probably shooting with the 70-200 which isn’t good for still stars as it’s too long most likely. (generally shooting the moon if I’m out at night)

  2. ratchetcat,

    These were mostly 5 seconds @ f2 to f3.5. ISO varied between 800 and 1250. I used the 24mm TS-E II and 135mm f2L. There were small trails in some of the pictures. I think that’s the result of vibration (mirror slap or standing vibration in the tripod) — and not the actual rotation of the Earth.

    Your 70-200mm should work great for this — as long as you can keep the vibration down (use mirror lock-up and timed exposure mode). Also be sure to turn on long exposure noise reduction — as that will subtract some of the CCD noise from the resulting image.

  3. Jay,

    I think the longer your focal length the more likely you get motion trails on the stars. Seems like I’d get some around 10 seconds. I need to up the ISO some first off so I don’t need to leave the shutter open as long and maybe shoot wider.

    Were you focused on the sky? I wouldn’t think you’d get sharp stars and house/trees at such a wide aperture.

    • ratchetcat,

      I’ll have to post some of my more recent efforts. Switching to mirror lockup and setting the camera to the timed exposure mode helped tremendously.