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:
- New Melones Lake (CA), Milky Way, Ridge Silhouette
- New Melones Lake (CA), Big Dipper, V Ridge, Satellite(s)
- Silver Lake (CA), Milky Way, Lone Pine, Long Exposure
- Mono Lake South Tufa (CA), Tufa Tower, Milky Way, Long Exposure
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.