Mono Lake South Tufa (CA), Tufa Towers, Milky Way, Long Exposure

ISO8000, 18mm, f/3.5, 20 sec
Mono Lake South Tufa Area, Lee Vining, CA

As I usually do on these night shoots, I learned something.  Even if I carefully focus the camera, set everything on manual, and try as I might to not jostle the camera/tripod/lens, the act of moving the camera setup from one location to the next induces the lens to slowly creep out of focus.  It was hard to notice on the camera’s LCD screen, but was evident when zoomed in.  The stars were starting to get an unintentional fat bokeh effect.

Trying to autofocus on a distant light in the town of Lee Vining with 10x magnified Live View was not working.  I had to resort to 10x magnified Live View and manual focus.  Tedious and not fun when it is 21 degrees F wind chill.  The good news is on clear nights (like in the photo) and bright stars, focusing is always possible.

Previous Milky Way photos are here:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 8000, 18mm, f/3.5, 20 sec

Mono Lake (CA), Tufa Towers, Milky Way, Long Exposure. Lee Vining, California. October 13, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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5 thoughts on “Mono Lake South Tufa (CA), Tufa Towers, Milky Way, Long Exposure

    1. Thanks James. There are certainly some opportunities to incorporate this type of photography with the locations you have nearby. It’s the same as your long exposure shots, just a hour or two later!

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