Monday night one was one of those perfectly clear nights where all the conditions were just right for some nightscape photography.  We were camped out at a remote spot in Western Colorado where light pollution was non-existent, the small sliver of a moon had just set and the stars were undeniable.  Here are some of our favorite shots from that night and a few tips on how we took them…

 

Exposure for the image below: f/2, 10 seconds, ISO 1600
Tip: If shooting nightscapes that include people, it’s important they hold still to avoid blur.

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Exposure for the image below: f/2, 10 seconds, ISO 1600
Tip: It’s best to shoot nightscapes at an ISO of 1600 or lower to avoid noise

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Exposure for the image below: f/2, 90 seconds, ISO 1600
Tip: Always manually focus your lens to infinity to be certain the stars will be nice and sharp

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Below is a compilation of 100 photographs that were taken successively over a period of 50 minutes, layered together using Photoshop.
Exposure: f/1.4, 30 seconds, ISO 400

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Below is a 4 second long timelapse using the exact same 100 photographs that were used in the photo above.

Photography gear used:

Canon 6D DSLR
Canon 24mm f/1.4L
Dolica Proline Tripod
Interval Remote Control

These photos and more are available for purchase in our photography store!

 

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