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antennas to heaven


antennas to heaven, originally uploaded by hep.

busy busy as usual. one of the things i am busy with this week is prepping holiday packages to go out, and sorting and making our xmas card list! would you like a card from us this year? please comment here (all comments screened) with your preferred mailing address. even if you have given it to me before, or think i already have it, comment so that i can be sure i have gotten it out from whereever i stored last years list, etc and added it to this years.

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hep & co
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Brisbane, CA 94005
USA

This is probably a really stupid question, but... how do you get stars to photograph? Is it a camera-specific thing, or could I do it with my totally crappy, cheap old Olympus? I love some of your stars/lights at night photos.
on your camera, if you can open the aperture below f3 (so the number should become a smaller number) and set your shutter speed between 5-10 seconds, any camera can do it. you will also need a tripod or something you can set the camera on for a long time. but stars are kind of a pain to photograph sometimes because the light is coming from SO FAR AWAY, but also moving at the SAME STUPID TIME! so you need to shoot in this sweet spot of 5seconds to 15seconds before the starfield shifts enough to show on your image. this image was pushing it a little, if i recall correctly it was about 30 seconds, and if you look super close at the stars you can see them starting to try and smudge in one direction. now, if you plan this in, you can get these AMAZING starfield photos (like this) and if you practice SUPER hard you can use that effect for some really brilliant photos. i never get that kind of time tho, because it's like a 20min shot and i get super cold and give up hehe! it also helps to be able to shoot places with not a lot of light pollution. i am bound by san francisco's giant light cone, which makes the starfield very small here, only the most brilliant can be seen. up in the northern redwoods tho, you can see everything including the milky way.
also, just look up online in your cameras manual (almost every camera manufacturer has their manuals online for dumb people like me who lose them!) and search for the terms "aperture" or "fstop" for the first setting, and "shutter speed" for the second. if you aren't used to camera speak it can be a little intimidating, but aperture just means what size hole and shutter speed just means how long the hole is open, usually measured in 100ths of a second, but you wanna push it past a second. let me know if you get stuck!! i love teaching people photography.
Thank you, this was all really helpful! I did find my camera's manual online and I'm going to look everything up and maybe play around with it tonight. We have big, beautiful skies and lots of empty spaces with no ambient light around here and it'd be wonderful to capture some of that.
i definitely think you should be able to do it!! the hardest part with star photography is having the patience. 15-30sec is a long time to wait in the cold not knowing if you set everything up right. allocate yourself at least an hour, and don't be surprised if you only come back inside with like 20 pics. they take awhile, but its TOTALLY worth it when you get beautiful starfields.