THE HUNT IS ON: FROM MY BACK PORCH
Photo Credit: Me, CLICK on it for larger view and do to it what you will, I’m not even worried about it.
Orion & Taurus sink into the wood line…….
I almost never post photos that I take because of my “Red Zone” skies here in southern New Hampshire which is about 30-40 minutes or so from downtown Boston. What I wanted to do was show you what’s possible by using VERY simple photography techniques. Really you just need a decent camera that you can set to manual and a lens that can fit whatever you’re trying to shoot into the frame. For photos like this (simple constellations in light polluted areas) you don’t even need anything fast. In fact you can’t even use fast lenses here unless you’re looking for a white wash.
I have a well worn Nikon D90 and for this photo I used an 11mm lens (I cropped the photo a bit) and a 30 second exposure, but I really had to trim down my ISO to 200 and f-stop down to f3.5 just to get the pic dark enough. This is just shot in JPG FINE and hardly altered at all. Any of you incredible photographers out there can probably school me pretty good here but again, just wanted to put this out there as an example that even if you live in bright areas you can still take some pretty cool shots.
Don’t be afraid to get creative either. If you know your way around a given photo editing software, you can throw some lines into the constellations and label them. Wait until an iridium flare or the ISS is passing overhead and incorporate that into a photo. Just don’t get discouraged if you love night sky photography but find yourself in a bright area. I can’t get out much either as I’m pretty much obligated to the house at night with the baby so it’s a rare occasion when I can travel hours to a dark sky location for the night.
So get out there and give it a shot, feel free to tag me in anything you like.
If you’re interested here’s a great ISS tracking page I put together a year or so ago: https://danspace77.com/iss-tracking/