I have a confession, I haven’t told you about it yet, but I’ve decided to start trying something new. I love photographing architecture and people, doing my fine art stuff, but I want more. So I have decided I want to learn how to photograph the stars. I’ve been planning it for awhile and I’ve being doing some reading. The other night with the lunar eclipse I had my chance.
This was my first attempt at the moon, well not the first shot, but my first time going out to take photos. I know some of you know that I was going and what a hassle the whole thing was. We had planned on travelling out of the city, about an hour, but there had been a major accident on the freeway and it meant the traffic was the worse I’ve ever seen. We basically missed it. We had to put up with the sun hitting it again. Oh well, there is another one in October, so we will make sure we don’t miss that one.
I had read and watched some online things on how to photograph it, one on KelbyOne was very useful. I think I know what I did wrong and I think I will change some things next time. I think I will practice on some full moons as well.
While we were out there, we thought we might try some star shots as well.
It wasn’t too bad, but the moon was really too bright, and there was too much light pollution from the city. We were also on a road that was a lot busier than I thought it would be. We will make sure where we go next time doesn’t have as much traffic. We moved to the other side of the milky way after this.
I have to say that one thing I am so pleased about with doing this kind of photography is that I have the right gear for it, I only have to get one thing, a head lamp with a red light. I have one now so I am all set.
This was a little better, but still not great. I really want to do more of this, and I am going to see if I can do some up in the Mallee, there shouldn’t be any problems with light pollution up there. It is quite exciting, next comes the star trails. I might have to see if I can some of that too.
I like where I started and I am excited about doing more. You can get some great shots of the stars. Here are the images in a gallery for you to check out.