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skiroc Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Sep 2010Sat 01-Dec-12 02:10 AM
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"An evening in Death Valley"
Sat 01-Dec-12 02:19 AM by skiroc

Redlands, US
          

Went to Death Valley over Thanksgiving and had a few nice nights. Not exactly astro, but they have stars!













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elec164 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jan 2009Sat 01-Dec-12 12:40 PM
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Sat 01-Dec-12 12:40 PM by elec164

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Now these are the scenic vista's I was referring to in my post.

And to me, a night time sky is Astro!!

Well done!!!

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mfphoto1 Registered since 29th Oct 2005Sat 01-Dec-12 04:39 PM
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These are beautiful. What are your camera settings and exposure times?

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skiroc Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Sep 2010Sat 01-Dec-12 05:19 PM
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Sat 01-Dec-12 05:43 PM by skiroc

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Thanks...

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.

Here's one more that I took that evening




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lastdaylight Gold Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 09th Dec 2007Sun 02-Dec-12 04:27 PM
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Wonderful shots all. That's a person's shadow in #2? Very nice.

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skiroc Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Sep 2010Sun 02-Dec-12 04:37 PM
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>That's a person's shadow in #2? <

yes, that's me, and you can see my tripod. I saw myself in one of the test shots, so in my next shot I held my arms out. If I'm going to be in it, I figured I might as well attempt a pose!

  

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lastdaylight Gold Member Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Nikonian since 09th Dec 2007Mon 03-Dec-12 12:39 AM
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Well it's way cool, well done.


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nrothschild Silver Member Neil is an expert in several areas, including camera support Nikonian since 25th Jul 2004Mon 03-Dec-12 02:28 AM
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Very well done!

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spraay2236 Registered since 27th Feb 2012Fri 01-Feb-13 01:15 AM
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These are great images. I might have tried to get a little more sky in #3, but that's just my personal taste.

Thanks for sharing these and for sharing a bit on how their done.

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vangophotos Silver Member Nikonian since 01st May 2012Thu 21-Feb-13 02:36 PM
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Great images! #1 and #2 are my favorites.

I can't wait to try this out myself; I just got my tripod delivered in the mail yesterday. I have a D7000 so I'll try those settings as well, thanks!

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glxman Silver Member Nikonian since 04th Oct 2008Sun 24-Feb-13 11:10 AM
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Nice captures there Don,
Been "sitting on the fence here"
Starting to get the inspiration to have a go
Regards,
Gary

  

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nrothschild Silver Member Neil is an expert in several areas, including camera support Nikonian since 25th Jul 2004Wed 27-Feb-13 05:38 AM
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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.

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