Starlight, My Camera and My Backyard

I am not quite one with my camera yet. I have followed the instructions to the letter, but still, something is not right yet as the allusive “Bulb” setting is unattainable for me with this camera. I have just spent two hours in the frigid cold of a freak cold snap out in my backyard going through every setting I can find on this camera, and still the screen that allows my to manually control the shutter cannot be found.

What I got instead are a couple of long exposures, but these were not controlled by me, it was the camera going into its own auto setting. Added to the frustration, I had to shut the camera off becuase it would just sit and activate the shutter every 15 or so seconds without showing anything on the viewfinder. So I would shut it off and try again. After a couple of hours, and reaching the first stages of hypothermia, I gave up and went back inside.

This shot is as far as I got tonight. I will try again tomorrow when I have some more time. Hoping that the cloud stay away too.

UPDATE: I just figured out what it was I was doing wrong with this camera on getting the “Bulb” setting to work. There are a number of functions that the Bulb setting will not work with, even if you have the camera on full manual mode. I had the “Smile” indicator on, and the Auto HDR set to Auto, so these settings would shut the Bulb setting off on my shutter speed. The handbook is over 200 pages long; not good for someone who wants the camera to work – now. I know, patients. I have none.

2 Thoughts on “Starlight, My Camera and My Backyard

  1. Looks like the big dipper, nice! I always get the urge to take pics of the moon & stars but I don’t have the right kind of camera. Probably need a tripod too.

  2. Thanks Eliza! I’m glad you like it. You need a DSLR camera, or a really good point and shoot camera to do this. You have to, at the very least, control the shutter speed, for long exposure shots in low light. Then there is a aperture settings, becuase you are trying to capture small points of lights, and reduce “noise” from the darkness of space. The manual camera, or DSLR, is the way to go. And , Yes, to having a tripod. No human could stand still enough for several seconds while holding the shutter button down.

    The star constellation at the top is Cassiopeia, or the “W” in the North. The last star in it (the top one) is cut off from the photo.

    Again -thanks for your comment!

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