By no means I’m anywhere close to being good in astrophotography. In fact, taking good pictures of stars requires expensive telescope equipment with sharp optics mounted on a sturdy tripod, plus an SLR mount to attach a camera. To achieve the best results, modified DSLR cameras with special filters are used by serious astrophotographers.
During our last trip, the night sky was very clear. And since we stayed in a campground, there wasn’t any light pollution, which helped seeing the intricate details of the sky. Since I do not have any of the expensive telescope equipment, I used my DSLR with a 24-70mm lens and shot the sky wide open at f/2.8-f/3.2 between 20 to 30 seconds of exposure at ISO 1600.
I really wanted to capture the beauty of the night sky and set my camera on a tripod and shot the following photo of the Milky Way:
Obviously, the sky wasn’t as colorful as it is in this photograph. In fact, I expected to see no colors whatsoever, but when I opened the RAW file in Photoshop and started playing with levels, I was surprised to see that some of the areas of the picture contained true red and green colors. Not sure if this is some sort of a light/cloud pollution or color fringing, but I went ahead and saturated the image, then added a little artificial blue on top left and bottom right. Overall, I’m pleased with the result, although I wish the brighter stars came out bigger.
This second image is a vertical shot of the Milky Way. Again, I added some blue and saturated the green to make it stand out in Photoshop:
Hope you like these!