Milky Way Steps At The Crest House Ruins
As one of my first night-time captures with my new Sony A7SII, I was interested to see how well it would do. It was a great chance to see how well the bright sensor worked together with a bright lens to handle my focusing & exposure needs.
I was hoping to work out the kinks before an upcoming workshop at the same location but I found myself pretty excited about the camera's capabilities. It was very impressive how it picked up the foreground with just a hint of light. And capturing that much detail in the Milky Way with just 10 seconds of exposure time was really nice to see!
Upcoming Workshops through NightPhotographyWorkshop.com
• July 9 on Mount Evans - 2 spots open
• August 6 on Mount Evans - Sold Out
• September 3-6 in Arches & Canyonlands - 3 spots open
• September 22-25 in the Tetons - 5 spots open
How I Got The Shot
This image was captured with a single exposure, focused on the crest house pillar. To add a hint of light to the scene, I used my clicky flashlight to illuminate the rock wall behind me. I found that 10 seconds of exposure and just 2 seconds of illumination was all that was needed to get a proper exposure - very impressive!
To get the composition I wanted, I was pleased to see how well the A7SII's Bright Monitoring worked as it made it really easy to frame my shot before shooting. I used it to include the winding steps and railings in my foreground below the pillars and stars.
• Camera Body - Sony A7SII
• Camera Lens - Sigma 20mm f/1.4
• Tripod Head - Acratech GP Ballhead with Lever Clamp
• Tripod Legs - FEISOL Elite CT-3472 Rapid Tripod Legs
Exposure Settings - Single Exposure
• ISO: 12,800
• Aperture: f/2.0
• Shutter Speed: 10 seconds
July 5th, 2016
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