I planned my recent trip to coincide with the new moon. Thought I'd try my hand at some serious low light situations.
I'm using my 50mm lens at f1.8 and 30 second exposures.
Number one is looking across a lake to the north. We've got a bit of northern lights happening and you can see the shape of the trees on the horizon.
Two is allegedly the Milky Way Galaxy (that's me in the middle
). Blurrier than I hoped for but I find it interesting how the different colours of the stars show up.
Three is just a shot looking up through a few trees.
I'm finding it very tough to see the stars through my viewfinder and thus can't seem to focus worth beans*. I realize a long exposure will blur somewhat due to the earth's rotation but I'd hoped to get things a bit sharper than that.
Any experienced night shooters out there willing to share a tip or two?
*a further problem with focusing and maintaining a good stance while crouched behind an upward-pointing camera is that I tend to drink beer while I wait for it to become full dark. I usually commence this activity around three in the afternoon. However I realize this problem is best solved by a wife or some other form of adult supervision rather than by an experienced photographer...