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07/12/2011 10:08:30 AM · #1
I took my first group of mostly successful night shots last night in Gering/Scottsbluff NE. I am VERY proud of the images, as they were taken in manual and required alot of thinking back to the things i learned in my photography class 2 years back - finally paid off ! I know it's a bit fuzzy.. i didn't have a tripod as i am visiting a friend here and didn't bring one aboard the plane :) Some critique would be great ! I want to get better at this ! I did edit the photo to remove some orange/red in the sky and to remove some of the grain. How could i have improved this shot?

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07/12/2011 12:14:58 PM · #2
Left a comment on your photos. Good luck to you.

Welcome to DPChallenge!

Message edited by author 2011-07-12 12:15:25.
07/12/2011 12:46:29 PM · #3
left a comment.
07/12/2011 12:55:20 PM · #4
Welome...
Here are a few scattered thoughts:
- When traveling, bring a beanbag and a remote trigger. You can put the beanbag on pretty much any surface, plop the camera onto it and achieve stability as good as a tripod.
- Use manual focus mode. Take test shots using just enough exposure to get a few stars, and use them to tweak focus, then leave it set. Remember that just focusing to infinity will not work.
- If you want to keep your stars reasonably point-like, keep your exposures at or below 600/FL. For instance, if you are using a 50mm lens, 600/50 = 12 seconds. If you don't mind short trails, go longer. If you want very sharp points, go shorter.
07/12/2011 02:03:30 PM · #5
Originally posted by kirbic:


- When traveling, bring a beanbag and a remote trigger. You can put the beanbag on pretty much any surface, plop the camera onto it and achieve stability as good as a tripod.


Or if your are like me and find these sorts of shots when you least expect them and have left home without any of the things you need; you can substitute a jacket or sweater for the beanbag, and use mirror lock up and the 12 second timer for the remote trigger. Of course a tripod and a remote trigger are much superior, but you miss 100% of the shots you don't try to get.
07/12/2011 02:16:10 PM · #6
Or, if you have no room for a beanbag, and just want SOMETHING, try a nice lightweight mousepad, they're pretty great.
07/12/2011 02:24:32 PM · #7
Originally posted by BrennanOB:

...you miss 100% of the shots you don't try to get.


+1
I've used various found objects, including sticks, rocks, and rental cars as temporary supports.
07/12/2011 05:06:43 PM · #8
Originally posted by kirbic:

Originally posted by BrennanOB:

...you miss 100% of the shots you don't try to get.


+1
I've used various found objects, including sticks, rocks, and rental cars as temporary supports.


I agree. One underground mine I wasn't allowed to take my tripod so I made do with an old dirty bucket and a piece of coal. It worked a treat.
07/12/2011 05:42:18 PM · #9
Most camera's nowadays have a timer release :) Just put it somewhere, press the button and wait. Looong seconds...
07/12/2011 06:36:38 PM · #10
Originally posted by Judi:

...I made do with an old dirty bucket and a piece of coal. It worked a treat.


As long as you didn't "kick the bucket!"
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