We planned another night of astrophotography (night time shooting of the stars) trying to build on my previous experiments of capturing the Milky Way Galaxy by getting better quality images. I wanting to try a technique called Photo Staking, to increase the sharpness of the image, and reduce the noise from shooting with very high ISO settings. We also had some fun too, bringing a laser point and flash light to the shoot, with the hopes a capturing some awesome light painting scenes. Once the Moon set behind the mountains if the Kitsumkalum Valley, we were set.
So right off, the above image is not photo-stacked. This is right out of camera, after converting it from RAW to PNG format. Using a 14mm wide lens, at f1.4 with a 15 sec. exposure, and ISO 4000. I let the exposure go as normal, then for a a couple of seconds, I used a flash-light to light up the foreground. I will photo-stack this scene later on this week, and if it looks awesome, I post it. I did a few shots like this, looking at different positions of the sky with the landscape in it. Hopefully some of them will look great.
You know the old saying, “give a girl a laser and…” Well, laser girl had some fun too. After a couple tries, adjusting the shutter and ISO, laser girl went on to light paint her name on the cliffs of Kalum Lake, across from the Look Out. She had a blast. You can see her name, in amongst the red swiggles painted on the rocks with laser light. I believe this was our fourth attempt tonight. Not bad for just trying this out for the first time with a laser pointer. And by the way, the pointer meets the new Federal Laws on owning and possession of a laser.
And that is me, the ghost of Thomasso, playing the highway, in the middle of the night, doing ridiculous poses for the camera. I had fun too. In this shot, the shutter was set to 30 seconds, ISO 400, on my Sony A77. So I let the camera go, and Suzette held the flash-light, turning it on for just a second, while I moved into the position. Then she turned on the light for a second, then off again, as I moved to another position. We did this until the shutter time was up. It was the last shot of the night.
I should point out again that none of these photos were touched up in post editing. These are as they are, right out of the camera. I only converted them from RAW to PNG format. This session was, more or less, an experiment trying new techniques with my camera’s long exposure for photo stacking, which I was start sometime later next week when I do the post editing. Until then, have a wonderful night!