Taken from the bottom step of the back deck of Mike Simonsen’s home in Truckee, California. There are no street lights in this neighborhood, so the darkness is wonderful. Even with the naked eye, the stars are everywhere. I freely admit that night photography is not my strong suit, so this was a great opportunity to get in a bit of practice, and I needed it.

My first night’s shots were too long, at 25 and 30 seconds at a lower ISO with a 28mm f2 prime lens. And therefore the stars were moving slightly in the image. This image was captured with the Sony FE Zoom 24‑240mm F/3.5‑6.3 lens set at f3.5 and 3200 ISO. I think on the third night I might have shifted back to the 28mm prime and shot at f2 but at different ISO settings for no more than 10 seconds. If you’re a night photographer and you happen to see this, how might you have handled this shot?


If there are multiple photos in this post, EXIF data is for the featured photo only:

  • Aperture: ƒ/3.5
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Taken: 8 September, 2018
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter speed: 13s

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