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Critique First Try for Stars

Discussion in 'Night, InfraRed, and UltraViolet Photography' started by Minuteman3, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. We're in the final stages of a 3-week cross country car trip. Stopped for a night in Monument Valley and one of my "goals" for this trip was to attempt to capture some night shots with stars there. Right off the bat, I found I had a bit of a challenge ... it was a full moon and it was rising just off the right side of this image. I was using a Nikon 14-24 f2.8 and a lot of my images have some light ghosting from the moon. If I get a chance to do this again, I'll do some research to see if there's a time when I could avoid a full moon! Of course, since these were shot around midnight, I could have gotten up again around 3 or 4 am when the moon was more to my back .... but I had to drove 400 miles so needed a bit of sleep!!

    Here's one of my shots, a JPEG straight out of the camera. (I was shooting RAW+JPEG and will fully process the RAW's when I get home.)

    2018-06-28 at 23-11-25 - Version 2.jpg
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    I would really appreciate any feedback and/or suggestions when processing the remaining images!!


  2. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
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  3. Very nice for starters, helped greatly by the stunning landscape there. I look forward to seeing more.
  4. A good begining. I plan to do my first star shoot next month. I have been watching You Tube videos on how to do it. I will be up in the Sierra Nevada mountains at about 5000 feet. No moon will be out.. I have my fingers crossed... Again a very nice star photo.
  5. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    You will do great, with your 14-28, I would shoot at f 2.8, iso 3200, NR on, full manual, about 30 seconds, manual focus or spot focus on a star and turn of af after you are in focus, have timer set for firing after you press shuter, be on tripod, and enjoy the results! In a pinch I have set my DS 3 on a hat on the ground for miliy way sky shots!

    oh, final tip, either flip viewfinder cover switch, or place a cloth over the view finder to avoid stray light.
  6. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    oh, I love the silhouette of objects at night, well done!
  7. This one is beautiful Ken. I'm sure your edited images will be nicer.I'm going on a photography trip this weekend to shoot stars on Mount Nemrut . It will be a first for me too and I'm very excited about it. Let's see what happens :rolleyes: 
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  8. ITEPfoto


    Jul 24, 2018
    St. Louis Missouri
    John M.
    That is a massive and beautiful sky. I have been attempting some Milky Way images - can't quite figure out how to get the saturation I see in some images. Plus I sometimes find getting 16-35 set to infinity is a challenge. Guess I need to read some articles and try the "stacking" method. Any comments welcome!
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  9. Have you tried playing with the WB to get some attractive colors? Then you can increase the saturation according to your taste:rolleyes: 
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