Starry, Starry Night

Hoping against all hope, I came to the beach prepared to make some night images. The photo gods smiled upon me with one clear night. So, I set my D3S up to make some time exposures of the stars. For the first image, I set the camera up before dark and clicked off a few frames in aperture priority while there was still a bit of light. I planned on adding a frame or two to the star trail stacking to brighten up the foreground. I then set my camera to manual exposure>BULB, aperture of f5.6 and ISO at 200. I also set my focus to manual and focused to infinity then waited until dark and set my MC-36 to interval mode and left it shooting. The resulting image includes some foreground rocks and water as well as a star trail…


Image created with Nikon D3S and AF-S 14-24mm 2.8

When I went out to check on my camera I saw the Milky Way and wanted to make an image of it so, I increased my ISO to 1600, set my aperture to f4 and with my camera still in manual exposure>BULB mode and manual focus>infinity, I clicked the MC-36 and held the shutter open for 20-30 seconds to get the resulting image…


Image created with Nikon D3S and AF-S 14-24mm 2.8

Around midnight, I attached my fisheye lens to capture a sweeping sky of star trails. I set the camera the same as in the first star trail of the night and then went to bed for a couple of hours. The finished image includes 65 images, a boat passing in the distant horizon added an additional point of interest…


Image created with Nikon D3S and AF 16 Fisheye