I know, I've been among the missing for a while. Truth is, I haven't had anything new to report and I don't like to keep repeating myself. Lately I have been trying my hand at night photography. This required getting to places with darker skies than what I find near home. So here are some images of the night sky at our cabin in the Eastern Sierra and at Tomales Bay.
From the deck at the cabin I tried some sky trails. I was fortunate that polaris was directly behind one of the trees. This was a one hour exposure which puts a lot of "noise" in the image. I compensated for this by using the camera's long exposure noise reduction feature. This takes the same amount of time as the original exposure to complete so unless I want to be up all night, I had to get it right the first time.
I also wanted to get some images of the milky way. This required a high iso (6400) which also creates a lot of noise. Since I shot the image in raw I was able to greatly reduce the noise in Adobe Elements raw image processor.
At Tomales Bay I tried again to capture the Milky Way. I'm not sure if the difference was due to my processing, the atmospheric conditions or the use of the high iso noise reduction in the camera. I need more practice but it will have to wait until spring as the Milky Way will soon be too far to the west during the night time hours.
Find more sky views at SkyWatch Friday.