I found a new hobby. Am I good at it? Heck no. Do I have the right equipment for it? Nope. (Canon, if you want to help a blogger out, let me know) But damn, I have fun doing it.
I am talking about astrophotography.
I was invited by my friend Kim the other day, she is taking a photography course and had to do some astrophotography in order to pass the year. So she was kind enough to invite me and I eagerly tagged along.
I ended up really loving it. Even though it was cloudy so the stars there were not out in full force. I also had found that I changed the setting the wrong way. Where I initially had the correct but then changed them into the wrong settings. (Lesson learned for next time)
Anywho, Underneath are some of my pictures…
So we went to Balmoral beach, which is about 20 minutes from my place. You have to go to darker places(absolute darkness if possible) in order to have less light pollution. At the beach – particularly at Balmoral beach, there is still light pollution I.e from the baths house building, being lit up.
When I first arrived at Balmoral on Sunday evening I was taking images on a high ISO setting… which isn’t what you want to do when taking images with a dark background and wanting to focus on a particular focused object, example the moon and stars, ISO also weakens the grain of the image hence the quality of the image also, so be careful if you do choose to use this setting on high.
Iso is a camera setting that will brighten or darken your image, the higher the ISO the brighter the image, so if you are focusing on a particular object that already has light, then you want to lower your ISO so the focused object will stand out more – you get me? hope so 😉
As you can see below these are a couple of the pictures that I took on a high ISO.
The pictures above are of high exposure and resolution which still looks great but just not realistic and doesn’t make for the best picture quality. It almost looks like I took these pictures just after sunset ( cough, cough lets just go with that tehe!) even though it was actually around 10 pm haha! I’m still happy with how they turned out as I think the stars looking amazing and the lightness does add a cool effect. Once Kim arrived 10-15 minutes after me, she then told me that the ISO setting I was using was too high – oopsie daisies! I then lowered the setting as far as I could go and then this is what happened (pssst.. scroll or look below 😉
WHOOOOOAH! what a difference! you can actually tell its proper night time now haha thanks Kim! I also love the effect of the clouds and the light (from the bathhouse) beaming up from the bottom of the image, looks amazing and almost mystically and magical hah!
Below is another shot using ISO on a lower setting, except this time there this huge red line that goes through my image hmmmm wonder what that might be? technical glitch? santa practicing for last Tuesday? shooting star? nope, nope and nope its a plane! I know… how crazy?? that line is, in fact, a plane, I was using the AF setting so in the lower light it does tend to take triple the time to process the image, so you can actually see :0 how far the plane had gone from the moment I pushed the shutter button!
And there you have it, the beginning of my astrophotography journey. I will keep you updated in the coming weeks and months of how my process is coming along and continue to give you all my tips and tricks that I learn along the way… so stay tuned and keep popping in so you don’t miss out on all fun!
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