Soldiers Nightscape, How To.

Soldiers Nightscape

Settings: Canon 6D, 2 images x 20 sec, f/4, ISO 6400

Settings: Canon 6D, 2 images x 20 sec, f/4, ISO 6400

I have been asked recently about my nightscape images and how did i capture them. I don't normally upload these images to my portfolio as i still feel i'm at my beginnings with them but i often upload them to social media G+ , FB or Flickr. I'll share what i have learnt/learning so far.

I firstly liked the way photographers were capturing the Milky Way Galaxy and i wanted to know how they did it straight away. With a bit of research, purchasing e-books (Phil Hart's "Shooting Stars") and following photogs on social media and their websites Mike Salway, Lincoln Harrison , David Kingham & Michael Shainblum plus others i quickly became aware of the cameras, settings and post processing they used. This is all theory and you need to get out as often as possible to test and repeat the settings learnt.

Now back to the image above.

This was shot on a Canon 6D with a 24-105mm f/4 lens at it's widest settings ie 24mm and f/4. I used an ISO setting of 6400 which has a bit of sensor noise and can be rectified a little with 3rd party noise reduction software such as Google's (formally Nik) Dfine in post.

Using the 500 rule (on a full frame sensor camera) which is 500/focal length of lens (500/24mm=21secs) i did 2 exposures merged at 20 secs to keep the stars from trailing and keeping as sharp as possible. I also did 2 focal points as well, one on the beach using the torch to help and second on the brightest star using live view and using digital zoom. 

Note: Crop Sensor Cameras need a different calculation 500/ (24*1.5 or 1.6) = 14 or 13 sec. exposure.

Other equipment used:

  • Manfrotto Tripod
  • Cable Release for locking shutter open in Bulb mode
  • Torch

Milky Way Galaxy Gallery

I'd be interested to read your comments in the section below.

Jason.