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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.

all cards to us can be addressed to:

hep & co
po box 402
Brisbane, CA 94005

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.