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After I posted that, I went back and looked at the post -- the photo posting software compressed the image, not surprisingly. So if you want to see what the second shot really looks like, click on the "click for full size image" link right under the photo. Quite a difference!


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Camera settings?

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These were at 20 seconds (with a tripod, of course), an ISO of 3200, with my zoom lens set to the widest setting (about 18 mm). The f stop was, I think, around 2.8. The camera is a cheap Canon DSLR -- several years out of date, but it still works ok.

I just read an article that says that boosting the ISO to 6400 may not create more "noise" in the image, so I will give that a try next time.

If I had image stacking software, I could greatly improve the sharpness of the image, or so they say.

By the way, that shot was taken just east of Sonora Pass, off Highway 108, in the Eastern Sierra of California.

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Nice photo. A good way to describe boondocking.
A lot like my backyard in Nevada at 5,000 feet.
We have 1 million acres of public land next to the property.

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We're going to mi northern lower peninsula in a couple of weeks. I'm afraid we'll still have too much light to get a good photo, but want to try

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Even though there may be some light pollution, all is not lost. Check out this link -- they explain the technique of "exposure to the right." If you have a DSLR, or even a good point and shoot with a "histogram," you might be able to use this trick. (I have never tried it, myself, but there may come a time when I need it!)

How to get decent star shots despite light pollution

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philh wrote:

We're going to mi northern lower peninsula in a couple of weeks. I'm afraid we'll still have too much light to get a good photo, but want to try


Check out the Dark Sky park west of Mackinaw City. Hopefully the weather cooperates.


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