Astral Photography: My First Attempt 🤷🏼‍♀️

Updated on June 2, 2017 in Photography
18 on May 25, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I spent a weekend in Death Valley not too long ago and tried my hand at astral photography. I hadn’t had a camera capable of doing the stars justice until recently so… this is my first crack at it. 

Please share any advice and suggestions you have and feel free to include your own images!

Looking forward to learning from you and seeing your art.

 
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1 on May 25, 2017

fucking epic and beautiful; makes me wanna go to the outdoors more 

suggestion; do a self-portrait of yourself in the landscape

on May 25, 2017

Thanks for such kind words! I’ll have to give the self-portrait a shot next time I can steal away into nature. 

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1 on May 25, 2017

Wow! I wish we had the clear skies in Wales….

on May 25, 2017

Me too! Valley girl here! 😉

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1 on May 25, 2017

Wow! I think I like the last one the most because the light of the tent give a feel of depth in the picture! Great work!!

on May 26, 2017

Thank you! I’m a big fan of the same photo but have yet to do anything with it. 

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1 on May 25, 2017

My favorite is the last one. I love how the awesome beauty of the sky is in the background and your life camping is up front. I love the idea of it. In photography we always need to keep any eye on our backgrounds and what better background than this awesome sky.

on May 26, 2017

I couldn’t agree more. It really is the only one that places any semblance of me in the photo. Thanks for the kind words!

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1 on May 25, 2017

Just Amazing. It’s a good aproach to astral photography.

The little cutted off tent makes me a bit crazy (just kidding), but it still being a nice photo.

Keep shooting to the stars! 😀

on May 26, 2017

Ha! I felt the same way about the tent at first but have grown to love the framing of the mountains in the distance. I’ll definitely be taking more when I can ✨

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1 on May 25, 2017

Awesome! My favourites are the two last shots. It’s really cool when you make more stuff happen in the pics than just the starlit sky. 

on May 26, 2017

I agree – the last photo does tell more of a story than the others. Thank you!

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1 on May 25, 2017

Looks great I’ve been working at it for some time and spent a lot of time on the moon. Stay at it!

on May 26, 2017

Thanks! I’d love to see what you’ve been working on.

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1 on May 26, 2017

This is my first attempt as well. And this photo is special for me, because before this shot and before that day I thought that it is impossible to take a photo of a star in the night sky in a big city, because the city produces too much light. It was in the early morning. I went to a balcony, took a look at night sky and recognized Ursa Major:

on June 2, 2017

Light pollution is definitely a challenge to deal with in the city. Nice capture while overcoming that obstacle!

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0 on June 2, 2017

for that kind of Photo’s you need a light sensitive camera lens f1.4 or f2.8 , https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1120085-REG/sigma_24mm_f_1_4_dg_hsm.html

a tripod and a remote control ,,,,and Picture stabilizer must be off ! 

just an advice ,,if you are interested in that type of photography . 

Greetz Joannis 

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0 on June 2, 2017

Great pictures.  Looks like you’ve done your research and got everything right.  Just a couple of minor points:

  • The first image is slightly out of focus
  • The last 2 images could have the white balance shifted more towards the blue
  • Some strange black lines near the top right of the frame on picture 2 and 4.  Not sure what could have caused that.  Maybe try a different RAW converter
  • The lens has quite a lot of coma distortion – the outer stars turn into batwing shapes.
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