No Headline - Just an Early Morning Picture

January 09, 2013  •  1 Comment

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Today's picture was taken before I read anything today so feel free to supply whatever title you wish. For quite some time I have intended to do a star lit sky picture over the lake. But whenever I organized for the picture the weather did not co-operate as obviously very clear skies are required. Nature awoke me this morning about 4:30A and I noticed a wonderful starlit sky. I got back in bed as it was 18 degrees outside, and 60 degrees inside (we turn down the thermostat at night). I just did not want to give up my warm bed. But I think I have contracted Photographic OC Disorder. The thought of the picture just would not go away. I put on some fleece over my pj's, grabbed the camera and tripod and went out to my usual spot overlooking the lake. Photographing stars is a little tricky as they require longer exposures but with too much time will streak due to the earth's rotation. After trying various times and camera settings, I finally got some good stars but nothing else. I did a second, longer exposure getting some foreground but the stars streaked. I finally realized I would need to have 2 exposures and merge them together. I used my Tamron [email protected], f4, ISO400. The stars were exposed for 29 seconds and the foreground for 60 seconds. And I finally got my starlit sky on the lake.


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Ann Littlefield Coleman(non-registered)
Dave, I don't think I have ever seen such bright stars in a picture. It is beautiful but so so cold.
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