These days, I rarely do a photo shoot that isn’t planned out or paid. The one thing I have really wanted to give a go since purchasing my Sony AR7II is astrophotography, but anyone who has tried to get the perfect shot will know that there are many factors to consider. Fortunately, an opportunity presented itself and I took full advantage.
With Astrophotography, you need something to fill the foreground and add depth. You don’t want any little light pollution as possible and that is just to work out where you are going to shoot from. Picking the time is the next phase, the moon needs to be small and minimal and clouds need to be non-existent. I literally walked up the road a bit by my house to get this images but i am already on the lookout for good foreground compositions.
The settings need to be a delicate blend as well. For these images, I used the wonderful ISO range on the AR7II. Set to 3200, the white balance on sunny. f8 was my chosen aperture but the real trick is to get the shutter speed just right. Obviously, you need a long shutter speed on a tripod. If you want the stars to trail then go longer and longer with the speed. However, if you want to capture the stars nice and still in all their glory, you need to use the rule of 500’s.
I was using a focal length of 28mm. So I got out the calculator, typed in 500. Divided by 28 giving me the result 17.857.. .etc. I rounded that down to the nearest shutter speed on 15″ and you can see the results for yourself.
I can’t wait to do more.