First Attempt at Shooting the Stars

As the title suggests, I have never tried to seriously shoot any sort of Astro-photography before.  Most times I’m outside at the time of night required, the skies were cloudy or the conditions weren’t right.  While my family and I were camping this past weekend though, as we sat by the campfire and looked up, we saw nothing but stars.  Once the girls went to bed, I ventured down to the lake near the campground we were staying at and brought a tripod and my remote shutter cord.

Down by the lake, at Laurel Hill State Park in Pennsylvania, there was almost no man-made light to be found nearby.  The skies were clear and the stars were out in all their glory.

I had a bit of a learning curve, such as thinking I need a long exposure of a minute or more.  What I forgot however, was that the Earth is spinning around 1,000mph and that ruins any long exposure shot of the sky.  So I brought the shutter speed down to around 15-20 seconds by raising the ISO and opening the aperture.  While I’m happy with what I got, I know there is much room for improvement.  Next time I’ll be a bit more prepared.

Spending time with the birds

Today my family and I explored the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.  We had never been there and were pleasantly surprised at the many exhibits and hands on activities for kids.  Seeing as there would be brightly colored birds, I had to bring a camera bag.

My X-Pro2 along with the 18-55, 55-200, 12mm and the 56mm came along.  I ended up using the 55-200mm for most of the bird shooting, but the other lenses were used for various shots of the family and of the architecture.  Thankfully, since the Fuji system is relatively small and light weight, the camera bag wasn’t too heavy at all.

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