Tag Archives: astrophotography

Don’t Buy the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 for Astrophotography: How to Get Better Photos for Less Money

Take great astrophotography pictures without breaking the bank.

I’ve seen a lot of posts and comments raving about how f/1.8 on a 14mm lens is revolutionary for anyone wanting to shoot astrophotography. Yes, having a la

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‘Shot in the Dark’: Astrophotography Lessons at Big Bend National Park

Tips for better astrophotography.

Mike Mezuel II puts on workshops at Big Bend National Park in Texas for photographers who want to learn best to photograph the night sky. In this 5-minute

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How to Photograph Meteor Showers

B & H Photo provides some helpful tips on shooting meteor showers.If you’re going out to photograph meteor showers, read this B&H article about the gear and techniques that will bring home great pictues.

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Lonely Speck’s New Filter Rids The Sky of Light Pollution | Digital Trends

Rid light pollution in your starry nightscape with the Purenight filter.

If light pollution is ruining your attempts to capture the beautiful night sky, don’t fret. Lonely Speck’s new PureNight Premium filter solves that issue.

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Improving your night photography with foreground lighting – DIY Photography

Your astrophotography will stand out with some key foreground lighting.

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to night photography is incorporating good foreground elements, but learning a few simple tricks will instantly elevate your game. If you’ve ever snapped a shot of the Milky Way in a very dark area on a moonless night, you will find that the landscape elements will often be silhouetted […]

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Milky Way and lack of sleep

I’ve been wanting to capture the Milky Way for the past few weeks and this week was perfect in terms of a new moon and the little that was visible in the night sky was setting earlier in the evening. All I needed was mother nature to cooperate and dissipate the cloud cover which has been lingering for what seems to be a month.

I ventured up to Horsetooth Reservoir after doing a little planning with my iPhone Photo Pills app. I missed the galactic center by a few hours but it wouldn’t have been a good shot with all the clouds. Around two in the morning I arrived at my favorite spot overlooking the reservoir and began to set up the tripod and fiddle with my settings. I set the ISO to 3200, aperture to f/2.8 (wide open for the Tokina 11-16mm lens) and used a 20 second exposure. After reading about the rule of 600 where you divide your focal length by 600, I knew that 20 seconds would not result in star trails or blurry stars.

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If you want to capture the Milky Way in a bow crossing the sky, you will need to try between May and the middle of July. From August to almost November, you will get a diagonal in one direction and from March to May you will get a diagonal in the other direction. In North America you are out of luck between November and February. I recommend purchasing Photo Pills in the app store and you will be able to plan out the perfect picture.

~Chuckie

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A matter of perspective

On Sunday, I trekked through State Forest State Park in Colorado in search of photographic inspiration. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of some moose or big horned sheep. After hiking for less than an hour, I determined that I chose the weekend of the FJÄLLRÄVEN Classic USA to embark on my journey. Needless to say, I encountered plenty of hikers and campers and spotted only a small group of big horned sheep in my hike.

Determined to seek out some inspiration, I captured a few bumblebee shots on my way to Kelly Lake. The latter three miles of the hike were noticeably harder than the first and required hiking three hours in one direction.

Here are two of the best shots I captured on the hike to and from the lake:

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When I arrived at the lake, I was a bit underwhelmed but took a few shots to document my efforts. Take note of the three different perspectives I used to capture the scene. The first involves including some of the foliage with the lake. The second was shot at a higher angle for a more down looking feeling. The third image was captured using the camera’s live view and tilting screen to get within millimeters of the water.

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Although none would be considered spectacular, I realized that the venue would be a perfect place to get a shot of the Milky Way.

All in all, I enjoyed some fresh air and exercise.

Enjoy the pics.

~Chuckie

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Escape light pollution

Capturing an image of the heavens is a daunting task with the ever growing increase in population and the resulting need for light and electricity. This video by photographer Siram Murali shows the differences in light pollution based upon location. In Colorado and Wyoming it is easy to get away from the light in less than two hours. In bigger cities, it might require a weekend trip. To find the darkest areas to shoot in your location consult the dark site finder website.

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500px ISO » Beautiful Photography, Incredible Stories » Video Series: Planning for Milky Way, Star, and Night Sky Photography

Learn about all the tools, tips, and tricks Dave Morrow uses to scout locations and plan his beautiful Milky Way, star, and night sky photo shoots.

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500px ISO » Stunning Photography, Incredible Stories » Video: How to Process a Milky Way Photo in Adobe Lightroom

Make a good picture of the Milky Way better using this Lightroom workflow. 

This fantastic video tutorial will teach you how to process your Milky Way photos in Adobe Lightroom from start to finish.

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