"The Stars at night, are big and bright *clap clap clap clap*
- Deep in the heart of
Yeah, the stars in Namibia are really spectacular. We are staying on a farm that generates it's own power which shuts off at 11pm and we are 45km from the nearest town which is only about 30,000 people. There really is hardly any light pollution at all. A far cry from living in NYC for the past bunch of years.
I’ve never really tried star photography because, well, I just haven’t been anywhere where I could see stars. So, criteria one for star photography is a kind of a big one - go where you can see the stars. Criteria two is to have a camera with a good high ISO sensor and I have that too. The Nikon D600 is a full frame sensor with amazing low light capabilities. I previously had a D7100 which also was great at high ISOs but nothing compared to the large pixels of the D600. Criteria three? A fast lens. I have a Wide Angle 16-35mm f4 lens which does OK because I can compensate with high ISOs (like 4000 - 5000 ISO), but you really need a f2.8 lens of faster. f2.8 to f4 is one while stop of light which makes a huge difference at night (as I have found out).
I took this shot with an old Nikon 28-70mm f2.8D wide open. There is a little weirdness in the corners called Coma (the stars look like discs instead of points), but that’s OK. This came out looking fine for my purposes.
In terms of post-processing I only used Lightroom to mask out the milky way a little to give it some punch and then do some noise reduction. Turned out nicely if you ask me.
Nikon D600 | Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D | Lightroom