I had never done any astrophotography, but when the opportunity came up, I jumped on it. A group of us from the camera club made an appointment with Joshua Rhoades, a pretty fabulous photographer, to meet up at the Jim Edgar State Park. This park is located approximately an hour away from my house and it is a huge park offering all forms of outdoor activities. Most parks in our area close at night, (for security reasons) so Josh had to get permission for us to be there.
We scheduled the meet for Friday evening, (last Friday to be exact) and spent the day praying for the weather to cooperate. Rain was in the forecast for that evening and the clouds kept rolling in. By 6 p.m. we made a decision that we would drive to the location even if it rained and just take our chances. By the time we arrived there, which was around 10 p.m. the sky started clearing away to the point that we could see tons and tons of stars.
Josh took some time to give us some tips and tricks on astrophtography and then took us to a location where he knew we would be able to see the Milky Way. We set up our tripods and gears and started shooting away or at least tried to shoot. The area was pitch dark making it very difficult to focus on anything, (nothing was showing up on my Lview or view finder) but I learned a trick from Josh. That trick being " Put your lens on infinity, aim for the sky and shoot. Then look at the size of the star. If it's bigger than normal, then so very gently turn your focus ring and shoot again. Do this until the stars look normal."
Once I had my focus set I was on a roll. You know how I like to click and click so here are some of the clicks from that night.
We stayed out there until 5 a.m. and had a blast. I haven't stayed out this late forever but it was well worth it. Learned a ton and played a ton. Eventually we also added light painting to our shoot.
Last Friday, A group of us, ten to be exact, had the opportunity to meet up with Joshua Rhoades, a pretty fabulous photographer, at the Jim Edgar State park in order to learn how to take some nighttime shots.