Astrophotography

Before and After of Astrophotography Composite Images

Before and After of Astrophotography Composite Images

Have you ever wondered how some photographs are made? For instance, astrophotography images are more often than not composite images - that is, multiple images of different exposures/scenes merged to make one single image. This is often necessary when shooting the night sky since the proper exposure for the sky (generally 10 to 30 seconds long) will typically leave the foreground completely black, especially if the moon is not out.

Making of My Sedona Milky Way Reflections Photo

Making of My Sedona Milky Way Reflections Photo

Above is a shot I made on February 14th, 2016, in Sedona, Arizona. This image was taken at 5:45 AM, just prior to sunrise. Something I tried for the first time with this photo is taking 10 consecutive shots of the sky at a higher ISO (5000) and shorter shutter speed (15s), and then stacking the photos, which gives you awesome pinpoint stars with minimal noise.Here’s a walkthrough of how I made the shot.

My American Southwest Adventures (Part III) - Astrophotography

My American Southwest Adventures (Part III) - Astrophotography

The dark skies across much of the Southwest, especially northern Arizona, make for some incredible astrophotography opportunities. Even when you are near cities such as Flagstaff or Sedona, the skies are plenty dark enough to see countless stars, and when in season, an EPIC Milky Way.

Shooting the Perseid Meteor Shower

Shooting the Perseid Meteor Shower

The 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower peaked on the morning of August 12th. I set out with a friend to Buffalo Park in Flagstaff, Arizona to capture the shower. We arrived around 10 PM, a time during which the moon was still a couple hours from setting. This allowed me to capture a well-lit foreground shot that I would use to layer all the brightest meteors that I captured through the night.