Shooting the Milky Way

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The sky here in Live Oak, FL was so clear tonight, so I decided to give shooting the Milky Way a shot.SONY DSC

The above picture was shot at 400ISO for 30sec at f/3.5 on 18mm. The right picture was shot at 3200ISO for 30sec at f/3.5 on 18mm.

The most difficult part of the process, I found, was getting the focus correct. It became a trial-and-error ordeal, with me focusing, taking the shot, and waiting a half-minute or more to see the results. Very time-consuming, I will look into a better way of getting that correct.

I used a standard cheapo aluminum tripod and my 18-70 Sony kit lens on the Sony a33 body. The crickets and the whir/whine of the long exposure noise reduction were all that I could hear, and my eyes were constantly shifting adjustments, screen, sky, screen, sky.

I would say it was enjoyable, because I got to see something I wouldn’t be able to with the naked eye, and create a photo that looks like something you’d see in a National Geographic article.

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