Night photography… take two….

The weather has been very changable of late… a couple of days ago it looked good for a night shoot tonight with the moon out of the picture as it approaches its new moon phase and clear night skies for at least a couple of hours..

I was quite excited as I had found an Android app that is much like the PhotoPills app for Apple IOS… The app is called Planit! for Photographers… its pretty feature rich and far more than I care to go into right now but I was essentially after the milkyway behind my favourite tree as practice from a technical standpoint… taking star shots is quite tricky especially in an area rife with light pollution…

So using the app I planned the shoot for Saturday night… however as is the way it rained instead 🙁

I set out anyway in case it was just a shower and I could see stars… I essentially just followed the stars until I found somewhere I could pull over at that had a clear view of the night and something to use for foreground interest…

Using the app I did a ‘plan’ to see where the milkyway would be so I could position the camera for the shot…

Checked where the milkyway should be in context of the shot…

….and checked composure… 24mm focal length is in green which makes it a little tricky to see

Clouds were still a problem as was light pollution despite the location being off the beaten track and pretty damn dark… the clouds reflect light up 🙁

Spent a little time taking a few shots… was hoping that it was enough…

The result…
ISO3200, 24mm, f2.8, 30 secs

Actually pleased with the result… not quite the milkyway shot I was after but its a step forward from a technical view… learned a lot from the shoot… it was awkward as it was just a layby/gateway to a field I was parked in and taking the shot from so not ideal but I guess you have to deal with it… the clouds were annoying although they do add to the final pic I think so can’t really complain…

I suspect I won’t really get the shot I want until I get to a dark place… Brecon Beacons beckons… 🙂

Links:
Planit! app for Android (on Google Play)

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