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Milky Way (?) from Botswana

 
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Oct 01, 2010 18:53 |  #1

Hi guys,

This is the first (and last) time I attempted to take a picture of the night sky. Before I went to Botswana, I read loads on how to stack images and how to take star trails, but typically forgot everything by the time I got there! :lol:

This was the third shot of the night, and the best. It was taken in my families village, where the only electricity comes from a generator (hence the light), the closest village with mains electricity is 15Km away, and the nearest town with street lights is 40Km away (both to the left hand side of the image). There was a half moon that night which was on the right hand side of the camera.

40D, 17-85 @17mm, f4.5, 56 secs, ISO 1000, tripod, remote release.

IMAGE: http://gembobs.smugmug.com/Travel/Bots-2010/Stars-in-the-Village/1028825298_3mh42-M.jpg

This was taken from a single exposure, but it probably could do with re-working in CS3 (again!) as I get a bit better at doing it each time.

Anyway, what do you think?

Thanks for looking

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Oct 01, 2010 21:47 |  #2

Well being your first time i think you did a great job ! Boy i bet it's really dark there ?!




  
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Oct 02, 2010 04:14 |  #3

Cheers.

As for the darkness, it isn't that dark when the moon is out. On this particular night, the moon was almost half full, and I had a shadow. I didn't need a torch to walk around and could see well enough to set up my camera on my tripod, change lenses, get bits and peices out of my bag etc, though I did use the LCD light to read the display. A few nights later the moon was full, and I could read the labels on my beer bottle from just the moon light - the ground probably wasn't much darker than this photo. Obviously when the moon is new, then it is darker, but we were only there for a few days, so didn't experience this.


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