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Camping out on Cape Cod National Sea Shore at Cahoons Hollow with the milky way overhead.

Camping out on Cape Cod National Sea Shore at Cahoons Hollow with the milky way overhead.
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2 Comments |
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 June 10, 2017
Gorgeous.. Congrats! シ
parallel-universe
 
parallel-universe June 10, 2017
Amazing view
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Behind The Lens

Location

This image was captured at Cahoons Hollow on the Cape Cod National Sea Shore NP on Cape Cod. It was a beautiful star filled night and I was shooting a concert at the now de-funked Beach Comber Club that sits just atop the big dune to the right. Needless to say after the show we went down to the beach built a fire and settled in for the night. This image was captured soon there after.

Time

This image was captured sometime between midnight and one am. I remember it clearly as the show had just ended and everyone spilled out onto the beach to continue the great vibe into the night.

Lighting

This image was captured sometime between midnight and one am. I remember it clearly as the show had just ended and everyone spilled out onto the beach to continue the great vibe into the night. The lighting is all natural from the starlight and camp fires that line the beach that night. No additional external light sources were used.

Equipment

For this image I was still shooting with my Canon 550D/T2i and a Sigma 10-20 f3.5 lens on a MePhoto Backpacker tripod. Just goes to show you do not need a fancy pro grade full frame camera to get great shots of the night sky.

Inspiration

Wow, the sheer majesty of the scene was my inspiration. The towering sand dunes, the Milky Way above bonfires all down the beach, the image just presented its self to me. The vibe and feel was just to right not to try to capture it.

Editing

Very little actually, this image was shot in RAW and processed just in Lr CC.

In my camera bag

I have now upgraded my kit considerably, but back when this image was shot I had a kit T2i/550d a Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 and an Canon 18-300 f4.5 and that is about it aside from my tripod a MePhoto Backpacker. I have since upgraded my kit considerably. I use a Mindshift Gear Rotation 180 bag and in it for every shoot are my trusty 6D's, a Tamron 15-30 f2.8. Rokinon 14mm f1.4, Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art, Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 two remote triggers (1 corded 1 wireless) a SYRP gene mini, a set of Vu 150mm glass slid in filters and 2 Induro CTL205 tripods with ball heads as well as a Nodal Ninja NN4 pano head.

Feedback

The best camera is the one you have with you. Hopefully this image will make it clear that you don't need a fancy full frame camera to capture the night sky. You can do it with an introductory level Rebel and kit lens. It’s also important to know that quite a bit of the magic of night sky images happens in post processing so don't skimp on it. You will miss 100% of the shots you don't take so get out and shoot!

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