Dark of the moon photography session

May 01, 2013  •  7 Comments

Hello f5.6ers.

There's a new moon on May 10. That means a dark night and a good opportunity to make landscape photographs with a starry sky. And there's a high tide at 20:30 that night.

Who's up for a night photography session on Thursday 9 or Friday 10 May? Thursday would probably suit me better because I'll be driving to Sydney early on Saturday 11. High tide on May 9 will be at about 19:30.

I suggest a wide angle lens, cable release, and a white-light torch to do some light painting.

Location? Somewhere with good rock formations and an eastward view to take in the Milky Way. Mmmm. Now I wonder where there's a place like that?

Down below Windmill Hill is also a top spot. Bird Rock in background.

Rob

 


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7.f5.6 Rob Smith
For me, lessons and ideas that came out of last night's session: familiarise self with operation of new fangled remote timer BEFORE going on location; do a reconnaissance visit to the location in daylight to work out the best composition(s) at desired focal length and memorise location of key object(s) (e.g. a particular rock) to be aligned with a reference point in the viewfinder (e.g centre focus point) when you get back there in the dark; check level horizon before each exposure (tripods get knocked); if using a single focal length for the session, manually focus lens on infinity before it gets dark, then gaffer tape around the focusing ring so it doesn't shift during the session (it can be hard to find something to focus on to get 'infinity' when there is no moon or your torch won't reach far enough to focus on a distant object. Best to get that sorted, and secured, before the session starts). It was good fun.
6.f5.6 Terry Rutledge
Thanks Rob for organising our night photography session. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and came home with a few images.
5.f5.6 Terry Rutledge
Count me in too Rob. I look forward to discussing this project tomorrow. Regards, Terry
4.The Analogue Photographer
Rob thanks but I am going to take a rain check (sorry:)). I wonder if there are any f5.6rs that have smart phones/tablets and use The Photographers Ephemeris app. I think its a must for landscape/seascape/star photographers. Its a free down load and helps plan for sunrise/set, moon rise/set and a lot of other info. A realy usefull app. Have a good night. JS
3.The Analogue Photographer
Rob this is a great suggestion and I would love to do it. Thursday night 9th suits me. f5.6 rob m
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