The Milky Way

by Camellia June. 11, 2018 215 views

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."

This is an unfocused camera. Notice the size of  the stars.

This is an unfocused camera. Notice the size of the stars.

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.

The Milky Way

The Milky Way

More Milky way

More Milky way

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.

My favorite

My favorite

If you have an Instagram account, do head out and look at some of Joshua's photographs or go to YouTube and listen to a tune while watching some of his astrophotographs. You won't be disappointed.

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.

If you have an Instagram account do look at Joshua's photos, or listen to this tune on You Tube and watch some of Josh's astrophotography they are definitely worth a look.

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Heike 1 year, 3 months ago

Wow, that are amazing photos ! Really cool shots, Camellia !

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Camellia Replied to Heike 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you Heikegrinning

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 3 months ago

WOW! What a wonderful treat for You & Us!!! Thanks! These are great! Makes me want to try it out, too!

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Camellia Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 3 months ago

Thanks Jay. Since you are an early riser and late nighter I would say it would be an easy task for you smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia 1 year, 3 months ago

My Pleasure, Camellia!

I'm sure I'll get around to it, one of these times....

:=D

Cheers!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 3 months ago

BIG *SIGH* - so beautiful! I tried it with my camera a couple of times and it didn't work at all. This summer I will take my time and try again.

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Camellia Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 3 months ago

Look at my settings Sigrid....I would have never used a 10 sec with such a high ISO, truth be know I started with a very low ISO until this guy pointed out the correct settings. Definitely a trial and error type of photography

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia 1 year, 3 months ago

My camera was totally blocked. I couldn't take one shot! I have no idea, what went wrong. But this summer I will take my time - I will have enough, since we won't and can't leave my parents alone - especially my mother  ...

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Sydney Solomon 1 year, 3 months ago

Hey Mrs...I am old..old.. school, although I appreciate all you went through to capture the images, I cannot get into the "nightime atrophotography..to my old worn eyes..most of the photos, look like scenery silhouettes  with a few dots sprinkled here and there. I guess for those educated in the nuance of photography will find the photos inspiring.

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Camellia Replied to Sydney Solomon 1 year, 3 months ago

To each his own Sydney . You know there is a saying " whatever blows your skirt up" grin I know these you can't paint so..... smile

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Sydney Solomon Replied to Camellia 1 year, 3 months ago

It is not about if I can paint it or not Camellia, I am just expressing how I see the photo. In the nightime..the greenery colour does not show up to some degree?

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

This is the kind of photography I do not know nothing about. Kudos for your work and dedication Camellia. You've taken some excellent pictures

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Camellia Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you Antonio, I know nothing about this type of photography either, just happen to hook up with someone who is passionate about this type of photography and who was willing to give us some tips. smile

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