Looking for the Lyrids

Last night was one of the clearest nights Ive experienced as a photographer and to do it alone in the middle of no where was certainly an experience. Instead of bouncing ideas of others I was left to my own instruction of how I was viewing the night and the location. To focus in near darkness I always find difficult however this image has come out quite good. Not 100% happy with yet so I will leave it in the to do folder for a later date or head back on a still clear winters night. Have a look, drop me a line and let me know what you think.

McLarty Tree

 

Message in stone

 

What do you do when you get down the beach. Do you swim, walk or just sit and chill. For me and many I would assume, I’m always looking down and beach combing. Looking for details in the sand or rock face is half the fun, just a big kid really playing outdoors.
Awayte

Rocky Tones

 

Well it was 4.30AM when I got on the road to meet up with fellow Photographer Brett Morgan. This is one image from this morning that pretty much sums it up. Spectacular cloud, nice rocky bays and what seems to be a huge swell coming in for the easter weekend. No swell lines here though, this is a 2 min Exposure with a Lee Big Stopper! Nikon D800 f/8 ISO 100 16-35

AWAYTE D800

Stumbling in the dark

Regular readers of this blog know that I don’t often write about equipment used, but seeing that I have made the transition from Canon to Nikon I thought it maybe a useful insight if you too are considering a change. My recent purchase was the Nikon D800 matched with the 16-35mm f/4 lens. Last night was the first dedicated shoot with the new kit. The nearly  full moon and not too far from the city conditions(light Pollution) were not really ideal for capturing the milky way.  I admit I failed miserably, yet personally I feel I came away with an image worth sharing.
I have no regrets at all with the move to Nikon, in fact I’m rejoicing in it.
New menus and a diverse array of options to customise settings, yes Canon provide the same too. However Nikon has what I feel are better ergenomics like the power-on button and eye piece shutter leaver ( I hated that rubber slide in from Canon), plus the fact that ISO, White Balance and Bracketing all have a dedicated button externally on the body of the camera greatly diminishes the need to scroll through menus.
The image below was one of four taken last night, having a camera with such great technology  and 36 MP, the Nikon D800 demands a steady tripod. In this case, I invested in a new Induro CT313 8X Carbon Fibre. As well as the tripod I found utilising functions such as mirror lock up and long exposure noise reduction incredibly useful. Yes there are elements there that can be done in post processing, but Im an advocate for capturing as much in-camera as possible. If you buy a camera that has inbuilt noise reduction use it, whats the point in having it? Along with the inbuilt intervalometer, which is a very cool addition, thumbs up to Nikon for that. I also added the Nikon  MB-D12 vertical battery grip as long Exposure photography requires battery life.
In my opinion, I have a long road to travel before I even consider my images worthy of print or mounted on a wall,  having a tool that allows you to capture the faint light of stars along with the ability to print sharp and noise free is only half the journey. Enjoy viewing the image and if you are not yet subscribed take a moment to sign up and stay connected.  Lastly get out and shoot with other like minded people, a great friend and photographer Brett Morgan joined me last night. A Nikon user himself for over a decade who has incredible knowledge of the D800/D800E ,D4 format, it was very  humerous to have him direct a previous Canon owner stumble around in near darkness on a new Nikon.

Image taken on a Nikon D800 16mm f/4  15secs ISo800 Tripod

Awayte