Milky Way Video at My Parent’s River House

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I managed to snag a couple of photos of the night sky last week. The photo above is a still from a time lapse video I created.

It’s kind of funny that I bought my camera nearly two years ago, and I’m finally started to get the hang of astrophotography. I guess I finally figured it out after watching a ton of youtube videos and staring at people’s photos on 500px and Flickr.

Creating this actually wasn’t that hard… there was some trial and error over the last few years, but I’m starting to get the hang of it. A DSLR, fast wide angle lens, tripod, and Light Room + Premiere seemed to get the job done.

If you’re curious, the images were shot with the following equipment and settings:
Camera: Nikon D600
Lens: Nikon 24mm f1.4
ISO 2000
Shutter Speed: 15″
Interval shooting: 20″ per photo
Format: RAW

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Again, the photo above was pulled from one of the still photos I shot in a time lapse. It’s pretty amazing what our galaxy looks like. Any problem or issues we have here are so small and irrelevant compared to the vastness of our universe.

I’m really looking forward to shooting some more soon. Until then, enjoy some the test videos below:

I shot this one when the sun was setting. That’s why it was over exposed at the beginning. Also, my ISO was way too high.

And this one was pointed up at the sky. Again, my ISO was too high in this test. I managed to get a small glimpse of the milky way, and that fueled me to try again.

Check out some more milky way photos on Foo’s site.