The Night Sky

David Williams Photography Night Sky

f/2.8 | 23 seconds | iso 400 | Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC

I picked up the Rokinon 14mm lens in September with pretty much one thing in mind, astro photography! This image was from my first outing to capture the stars!

On a clear night (in the city), I decided to head out to the country to escape the light pollution and finally get around to using the lens. After traveling over 30 miles into the darkness, I stopped to see what I can see….which, as it turned out…were only clouds! Ggggrrrrrr. After a few shots I quickly realised it was pointless so turned back home. 😦 As I was getting close to civilization I looked up and once again, the sky was clear (go figure). I really wanted a shot so decided to stop off at Northern State Hospital to see what I could see and glad I did. Over all, I am somewhat pleased with the image especially considering it was my first attempt.

I really look forward to getting more shots, feel free to tell me your thoughts as I always appreciate the feedback. Yes, in the future I won’t be tilting the camera up so much (distortion happens when you do that…think of what happens to buildings when you tilt the camera up). 🙂

Oh, one more thing…for the record, I have NO idea what the green’ish light is near the tall trees…no idea at all. It was a little after midnight and the buildings where the light is coming from shouldn’t have ANY lights at all…hmmmmm

…Enjoy!


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24 thoughts on “The Night Sky

  1. I really like this too. And I don’t mind the angle of the trees at all – they kind of look like that if you lie on your back and gaze at the stars. For the first time I shot some star trails a couple of weeks ago (posted the results a few days ago) in a very dark place up the coast. It was a learning experience, to say the least. Orienting the camera properly was one of the bits I still have to learn – not easy in the dark.

  2. I am a horrible photographer, but have always loved it, and dabbled in it occasionally. I love night photography the most, any tips that you ever come across I’d love to hear them.

  3. It is beautiful! I love the tree lines. The green light…hmmmmm… Do you have any time lapses from that evening? One of my photography friends does star trails a lot. Very cool stuff! I hope I can learn one day and find an unpolluted spot. 🙂

  4. looking forward to more of these shots now you have the lens and the evenings re drawing in.Personally I think the distortion effect you get with it can be great and add to the “other worldly-ness” of the scene

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting, it’s greatly appreciated! I honestly look forward to getting out there and capturing more night shots…there’s something about being out there in the middle of the night, listening to your surroundings. 🙂 I see what you mean about the distortion adding a certain something, I’ll definitely keep that in mind on my next outing.

  5. what a great picture” I love it!! Where did you take this? We keep trying but somehow our shots never turn out as good as yours. There must be a secret. Cheers!

    • It was taken at Northern State Hospital which is in Sedro Wooley, Washington. I love going there (it IS my fav place). 😀 Keep shooting, that’s what I do. 😉

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting, greatly appreciated!

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