Entries in Night Images (2)


Bishop California Radio Telescopes

As mentioned, I have been very bad about updating my blog.  So I guess I will start in reverse order of things I have done since my last post 3 years ago.  Kevin and I did a fall trip in 2016 to Bishop, Alabama Hills, Bristlecone forrest, and Bryce Canyon.  One of the main reasons for going to these areas are that the night sky is really dark and taking milkyway images and night sky photos there is good. I am a Canon shooter and I also own Nikon gear (I shoot Canon and my wife shoots Nikon) we are a house divided.  I took my wife's D700 and compared the images withmy 7D and the Nikon had less noise with night time images.  I did take both cameras, but shot the Nikon a lot at night.  Using the CamRanger to do my night time settings and triggers, both cameras worked great.  I will have to show you some of the cool features of the CamRanger in some future posts.

The following image is at the Owens Valley Radio Telescopes captured using a Nikon D700 and a Tokina SD 16-28 F2.8 (IF) FX lens.  I am really happy with this lens, it is great for night sky photos.  I will post more images and information as time permits.

Radio Telescopes in Bishop, California.


Haw Creek Falls at Night

Last night I headed to a local area called Haw Creek Falls which is a nice camp area as well a great area for waterfalls.  There was not a lot of water running so I looked at some other areas to photograph in the area.  One reason I was there was to scope out the possibility of photographing the falls at night with a full moon as lighting the scene.  I had no moon, so I was hoping for a nice sunset to reflect in the water.  That did not work out, so I went for "Plan B", and that was to do a long exposure and paint with the flashlight I had.  I used a 21 LED flashlight and painted the water and rocks for a 21 second exposure.  It just so happens it was 21 seconds and has no relationship to the 21 LED's!  LED's tend to be blue light, so I would have to correct this in Photoshop's Camera Raw.  I removed the blue-purple tint and it was not bad.  I will have to perfect this technique later on.  Here is what I got.

Location: Haw Creek Falls

Camera: Canon 1Ds with 17-40mm F4 lens

Exposure: 21 seconds @ f/4, ISO 200