#3. "RE: An evening in Death Valley" In response to Reply # 2 Sat 01-Dec-12 05:43 PM by skiroc
I'm a self taught hacker and this is my second season of experimenting. I've tried a lot of combinations, but I've found the settings below as a good starting point for most of the shots I like to take - not deep sky astro, but more "nightscape". I shot these with a D7000 and Tokina 11-16 f/2.8.
ISO 3200 White balance k3850 f/2.8 shutter speed is usually around 15 - 30 seconds depending on the amount of moon.
I flashed the wagon with my headlamp for about 1 second, the others are natural moon light.
If I recall these are right out of the camera as jpegs, no processing.
#11. "RE: An evening in Death Valley" In response to Reply # 0
Well done! And it looks like an astro photo to me . Your exposure discussion is very helpful since this is the type of thing that can be shot without throwing $10K into the pot, but takes some thought and understanding of night time exposure (and lighting!).
In your first shot, Orion is setting, just above the wagon. The star that represents Orion's right shoulder is the star Betelgeuse. That is a red giant star and the color is well imaged here. That is one of my favorite constellations to put in an image.