My first astrophotography attempt

If you have read my previous post, you would have read about my attempt in astrophotography during the Grampians trip. This was my first attempt in astrophotography. To take photos of the milky way, you will need a few gadgets on top of a clear dark sky and a camera that is able to be manually adjusted. It was also probably the main reason I bought the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 lens. The low aperture allows more light into your camera and the wide angle allows you to capture more of the sky. I also bought a better tripod that’s sturdier than my previous one in order to combat the strong winds of Australia. You may also want to get a remote control for your shutter to avoid movement of the camera if you were to click it with your finger.

I’m no pro in this but these were the settings I have used that night: 15 secs at f2.8, ISO of 1250 and 1000. Hope you enjoy the photos.

Photography by Pei (experimentsbypei.com)
The milky way
Photography by Pei (experimentsbypei.com)
Attempt to capture brother with 1 sec of light.
Photography by Pei (experimentsbypei.com)
Photography by Pei (experimentsbypei.com)
Photography by Pei (experimentsbypei.com)
Photography by Pei (experimentsbypei.com)
Photography by Pei (experimentsbypei.com)
Grampians landscape
Photography by Pei (experimentsbypei.com)
Photography by Pei (experimentsbypei.com)
Photography by Pei (experimentsbypei.com)
Photography by Pei (experimentsbypei.com)
Photography by Pei (experimentsbypei.com)
Light painting attempt. Need more practice for this.

Looking back at the photos, I could probably lower my ISO to decrease some noise and probably increase the shutter to may be 30secs next time. But I had fun that night and was very excited with my first astrophotography results. If you guys have any tips, please do comment below!

Til the next post, keep experimenting~!

-Pei-

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