The hope going into this weekend was to shoot the Milky Way using the lens in the photograph rather than shooting a photograph of the lens. Unfortunately, I was feeling a bit under the weather mid-week and progressively became worse by the end of the week. It is a minor setback, there will be many more shooting opportunities in the coming weeks and months as the Milky Way “season” gets going. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Milky Way is a parabolic arc in the night sky between May and September and perfect for wide-angle panoramic shots.
The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 DX II lens should help with taking vertical-oriented multi-shot panoramas with its wide-angle and aperture. While I have a faster prime lens that opens up to f/1.8, it is a 35mm and would require me to shoot multi-row panoramas to get the equivalent view as the Tokina. Along with a couple of variable strength LED panels lights and a leveling base for the tripod, I am planning on making low level lit nightscape panoramas a focus in my portfolio going forward – as soon as I feel a little better!
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 35mm (prime lens), f/8, 2.5 sec
Cameron Park (CA), Tokina 11-16mm Lens, Low Light. Cameron Park, CA. April 30, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.