Hi! I hope to have more time to go shooting soon and was wondering if anyone has suggestions for nighttime landscape photography. I am really interested in taking my D7000 out with the 14mm f/2.8 to capture the night sky. However, having never officially done this, I was wondering if there are any tips regarding location, etc. I live in a suburban area and the city is very small and it is relatively isolated (up in the mountains). But is there anything else I should know that a more experienced fellow photographer could let me know?
I understand the actual settings for shooting at this time of night, but was looking for a little more insight.
#1. "RE: Shooting the stars" In response to Reply # 0 Fri 08-Nov-13 05:16 PM by esantos
The big problem with shooting the night sky is light pollution. You have to really be away from civilization to get the brightest and clearest images. It also helps to be at elevation to reduce atmospheric intrusion. Here is a shot of the Milky Way taken at about 5,000 feet in the mountains surrounding Death Valley. I may be wrong but I am speculating that the glow coming from the left are the lights from Las Vegas, which is a good ways away.
If you want to have the foreground have detail and not just a black silhouette take a small flashlight and paint the foreground during the exposure. I found that all it takes is a small one as the bigger lights are usually too powerful.
#2. "RE: Shooting the stars" In response to Reply # 1
Thanks Ernesto! Your tip about elevation is something I hadn't really thought too much about. But it makes sense and is a good idea. I will definitely take a light with me as well. Have you found a certain time of night to work better? Obviously the darker it is the better for stars, but I've also seen some great shots that look like the sun was just barely under the horizon and you can already see the stars quite well. Do you have any experience with that scenario?