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Rushing Clouds

Clouds coming in to invade my star trail pictures

Clouds coming in to invade my star trail pictures
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wonderwoman627 June 28, 2015
Nice, I hadn't seen this one before. Congrats on the curator's choice!

Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at the Low Key Hideaway in Cedar Key Florida looking out over the marsh at a very low tide. This area is one of the darkest areas east of the Mississippi river in the US and I timed being in the area to be around the new moon to capture some great shots of the stars and Milky Way. Star viewing in this area is amazing!
This was take around midnight.
There was a bit of light painting done on the boat and some of the marsh grass with a mini-mag light, but mostly this was a result of ambient light, stars and clouds.
I used a Nikon D750 with a Nikon 14-24mm/ F2.8 lens on a Gitzo tripod with a Vello trigger. The lens is just beautiful, I really enjoy shooting with this configuration for night photography.
I love night photography and sitting back contemplating life while the long exposure burn in. I was hoping to do a series of long exposure star trails over the boat and marsh, but the clouds moved in which produced a really cool look so I went for it.
Yes, post processing was mostly to optimize the light, sharpening the star trails and turning down the exposure on the foreground a bit.
In my camera bag
For night photography, it is always my Nikon D750 with a wide angle lens and my Vello remote. If I am doing day time, sport, or other things I will usually also carry my Olympus OMD EM1 which I love. It is small fast and the image stabilization and dynamic range is awesome. Just wish it had more pixels!
You need a great tripod for certain. I think I could have made this better if I made mine a bit more stable with some weights for instance. I had it on a raised dock like platform so I think there was a tiny amount of vibration. A full frame camera is also critical. Play around with your settings, sit back and relax and watch the sky. It can be amazing!

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