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Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Post by sdhiker » Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:50 pm

Well I've now taken my first Milky Way shots on my trip up to Mt Whitney. It was a learning experience. I need to learn my camera a little better, and a nice wide angle lens would not hurt. Has anyone used the Rokinon 14mm ultra wide lens http://www.amazon.com/Rokinon-FE14M-E-U ... B00HAF167Y, and if so what was your impression of it, especially if using it on a Sony A7 series.

ImageMt Whitney Trail Camp with the Milky Way by Brad Spiess, on Flickr
My tent lit up while looking towards Mt Whitney and the Milky Way

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Milky Way Over Mt Whitney at the Trail Camp

Image1st milky way shot by Brad Spiess, on Flickr
Milky Way at the Alabama Hills near Mt Whitney








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Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Post by psykokid » Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:13 pm

Great shots everyone! I'm headed up to the Whites this weekend to do some hiking and car camping and I hope to get some good milky way shots once the moon sets on Saturday night. I should hopefully get some bonus meteors from the Delta-Aquarid meteor shower in the frame as well since that showers radiant is in the southern skies.

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Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Post by fishmonger » Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:22 pm

sdhiker wrote:Well I've now taken my first Milky Way shots on my trip up to Mt Whitney. It was a learning experience. I need to learn my camera a little better, and a nice wide angle lens would not hurt. Has anyone used the Rokinon 14mm ultra wide lens http://www.amazon.com/Rokinon-FE14M-E-U ... B00HAF167Y, and if so what was your impression of it, especially if using it on a Sony A7 series.
greatest value on a wide angle lens out there

outpost camp in April 2013 - no milky way, though. just lots of snow and moonlight. This is on a D600 and I really should process those files once more, as I have a better understanding how to do this now.

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note, Rokinon, Samyang, Bower and a few other brands are all the very same lens.


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see how it does in this comparison with far more expensive glass:

http://3d-kraft.com/index.php%3Foption% ... Itemid%3D2

and for astro photography in particular this review

http://www.lonelyspeck.com/rokinon-14mm-f2-8-review/

the same site also reviews the 24mm f/1.4, which may be one of the very best lenses for night skies, but it costs more than twice as much compared to the 14mm
http://www.lonelyspeck.com/rokinon-24mm ... mc-review/

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Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Post by sdhiker » Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:09 pm

Thanks for the info fishmonger, the more I read the more I come to understand that its such a great value, you just have to have some patience and make sure you get a good copy of the lens. I'm excited to order this lens and give it a try. I would primarily would use it for landscapes while hiking and astrophotography and this lens seems like a perfect fit, especially for my small wallet.

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Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Post by psykokid » Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:47 pm

Just got back from a weekend up in the Whites. Weather was perfect, mid 40's where we camped in Cottonwood Valley near the Eva Belle mine. Only downside was there was a lot of moon. It wasn't going to set until after 1:00 AM or so I made due with what was there.

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I woke up to water the foliage around three and the Milky Way was brilliant, but I didn't have the energy or desire to get the camera back out. I was getting up in 2 hours to break down camp and make the drive up to Barcroft station to make the trudge up to White Mountain Peak.

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Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Post by cslaght » Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:38 pm

My first attempt at night shots in the Sierra, not too bad. Of what I can remember with the details, I was using my stock 18-55mm Nikkor lens and the exposures ranged from 13 (darker) to 30 (much lighter) with the f/3.5 (I think) and the high setting with the ISO.

ImageDSC_0833 by Charles Slaght, on Flickr

ImageDSC_0837 by Charles Slaght, on Flickr

Both these shots are looking south over Moose Lake

ImageDSC_0830 by Charles Slaght, on Flickr

There's no geological features in this one, but it captured the galaxy great I do believe :)

If I remembered my spare battery ](*,) I think I would have played a little more with it. But I saved a couple of ounces, right? :^o :whistle:
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Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Post by psykokid » Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:28 pm

Great job for a first attempt! The moon was parked right over the galactic center so I was SOL as far as getting good shot while I was shooting.

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Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Post by cslaght » Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:04 am

Thank you! I do feel they came out pretty well. Also, the boot works pretty well as a tripod in a pinch.... for the most part!
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Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Post by Kerstin » Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:16 pm

This is a fun thread. I'm really enjoying looking at these Milky Way photos.

Here is one of my own taken a few weeks ago around midnight near Benton Crossing Rd. The silhouette is the Mt. Morrison region. There was lots of air glow that evening, and almost a new moon.

Taken with a Fujifilm X-T1 with the 14mm lens at f/2.8, ISO 6400, for 25 seconds.
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Re: The Milky Way Over The Sierra Thread

Post by Holokuahiwi » Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:01 am

This is a great thread and has been instructive. Motivates me to get my gear ready for my September trip.

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No Milky Way, but sometimes night photos of people are fun.

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Not the best photos, but still fun.

If I want to enjoy night photography, I really need to get a computer that can do some post work on and probably a better tripod and camera. My Nikon D3200 does a decent job, and a lot of it is user error, but I need to focus on getting clearer shots. This thread can help with that.

Also, the difference between the first photo (taken last year with my Nikon) and the 2nd/3rd (taken two years ago with my old Olympus) is pretty stark. Never noticed that until now.

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