209/365: Hanging Around the Stars.

This was the sort of thing I got my D800 for in the first place. Landscape photos in challenging light. This weekend, I took my first trip to Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve, with the explicit intent of shooting the stars with minimal light pollution. I went and rented the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 lens for the outing and took a few geocaching friends along for the trip. Since we’d be awake until the wee hours of the morning, it was decided that we would camp onsite. The first night we were there the clouds came in as the night wore on but we did manage to get a few cool star photos in. Actually, I rather liked the clouds on the friday night as they added some interest to the sky. This photo is a composite of two photos that I took while the camera was on the tripod – I had a heck of a time getting the light painting on my hammock tent to work out in one go, so I took a couple “goes” and used photoshop to clean up some of the light spill. The subject is my hammock tent, that’s exactly where I camped out this weekend, between two trees with a rather impressive night sky to look out at. 

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