Canon 7D II, Canon 16-35mm F/4, 16 seconds.
I'm taking on a new type of photography to expand my skills. There are lots of upsides to this as you inevitably get to know you gear better, and think about how to use it in different ways.
This folder will be the journal of my progress (lack thereof).
This is the first in my serious attempt at shooting star fields. We walked the 1.5KM to Waterfall creek in the hope of getting some nice foregrounds. This was near my last shot for the night. The later shots were superior as I'd struggled to obtain crisp images all night. Though I'd tried changing mirror lock, drive mode, shutter time and tripod stability, I kept getting blurred images. It wasn't until my accomplice shined his amazingly bright light on the foreground tree and I could focus accurately that images started to get an acceptable sharpness.
What I've learned is that I'm pushing the limits of my gear with this type of image. At 16mm F/4 my crop body camera has an effective focal length of about 27mm. Using the 500 Rule
I can have an exposure time of up to 18 seconds. I tried shooting at ISO 8000 but that was just too noisy to be useful, and thus fell back to ISO 4000. The darker image required the exposure to be lifted in post - which brought in noise again.
Further, I would have liked to compose my images in landscape rather than portrait. However the effective 27mm focal length was not wide enough to be able to get a pleasing composition of foreground and sky.
I had planned to get the new(ish) 5D IV at some point. The full frame sensor would give me the wider 16mm focal length, which in turn would let me expose for a while longer. I’ve also done some research on lenses that suite the technical aspects of this style of work.
Changes, and practice to follow.