What does one do on a brisk October night in Arizona? Well, having just seen Gravity last night and having discovered that the beautiful Arizona skies are full of stars, I decided to try a night shot. I googled photographing stars and discovered all sorts of conflicting information. For example, one photographer mandated a wide angle lens set at the sweet spot of 2.8 (my wide angles don’t go to 2.8. . .) with a high ISO- and then adjust shutter speed. Another said f/22 for maximum depth of field and at least 30 seconds at ISO 200. The last one made more sense to me, but then I discovered that 30 seconds wasn’t long enough at f/22- and that I needed to set it on BULB and use a shutter release (my wireless one isn’t working- and not sure that would have helped anyway). SO… I did what I could. I used the widest aperture I could (5.0), a shutter speed of 25 seconds, and a somewhat high ISO (640), depending on Lightroom’s noise reduction to do its magic.
There are a zillion stars over my house!
Here’s the view looking out from my driveway. I had to crop it, because the lights from the house next door were lighting up the left half of the frame. I found it very difficult to compose a shot in the pitch black night! You may notice some lines in the sky; I think they’re airplanes- or a satellite debris field- Aaaaaaaaa! Ignore that last part if you haven’t seen Gravity.