Tag: stars

04 Feb

#SooC52 Week 5 – Night Sky

Chris Lane / photography / / 7 Comments

Already past the month mark on our Straight out of Camera 52 week challenge. For this week Doug chose “Night Sky” to which I said, well, I can’t hardly interpret that in a different odd way. Though I did think of some other non-traditional methods I could have used, I decided I’d actually go with the straight star field type photo. I chose this mainly because I would really like to get better at taking those kinds of photos. I wanted to incorporate myself into the shot, backlit by a flash, but my methods of that just ended up failing. So, I walked through knee deep (or deeper in parts) snow out into the field to get away from my yard light. I took a few with the moon because it was this cool bowl shaped crescent, but those didn’t turn out as I had hoped.

The most interesting was probably this one with my yard and house in it. I like how the yard light is shining around the big oak tree. The trees have a frosty look to them. I just wish the stars were brighter. I might share some of the others in another post, but for now here was my chosen image. This is definitely something I plan on practicing more. I used to have a Canon 40D which was pretty lackluster in dark situations like this, but now I have a Canon 5D Mark II which is exceptional in low light. I still could have improved on all of the images I took though. let me know your thoughts in the comments below. And make sure to click on the other guy’s posts to see all of their SooC images as well.

Night Sky

Night Sky © Chris Lane Photo
ISO 3200, f/5.6, 30 seconds. 30mm

You can see Eje’s work here.
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You can see Bruce’s work here.
You can see John’s work here.
You can see Doug’s work here.

05 Apr

Into the Milky Way

Chris Lane / photography / / 0 Comments

To the exact opposite end of the intense fog that I posted earlier this week, I have an example of the extreme clear skies from around where I live. I admittedly live in the northern Minnesota boonies. The closest town is only a few hundred, with 30 miles away is a town less than 10,000. I have to drive an hour to get to a city over 10k. This is very nice in some regards, but not in others.
One of the obvious benefits is the amazing skies we get. The landscape is very flat as well, so you can see for miles. Here I took a photo of the night sky when we had a site of the aurora borealis to the north. The photo below is more south westerly. The shot was taken at ISO 1250, f/3.5, at 30 seconds. This is a upward panorama of three shots. You can see that my camera added quite a bit of noise because of the high ISO and time, but I think it turned out fairly nice anyway.

Into The Milky Way

Into the milky way © Chris Lane Photo

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Into the milky way © Chris Lane Photo

29 Sep

Aurora Borealis

Chris Lane / photography / / 1 Comment

Here is a bonus photo for this week. Last night I was driving home in the dark and saw the Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights. I haven’t seen this phenomenon in a few years so I obviously had to jump at the chance to photograph them. Problem was, by the time I got out in the dark area and set up, they were mostly faded away. But I still ended up with this result. I was also able to fit in Ursa Major, aka the Big Dipper. Hope you like it.

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis © Chris Lane Photo