Like many people I love a bit of astronomy and gazing into the night-time sky. Since getting my new camera, I’ve been meaning to start using some of the long exposure settings on my camera by trying to capture the night sky. As you can see, I live in a town and in England, so getting a clear sky without too much light pollution isn’t easy!
This shot was taken at ISO 400 and on a 30 second exposure and I quite liked the purple/orangey effect the light pollution had on it.
However, it wasn’t really what I was going for; I imagined a darkened night sky with stars twinkling above the rooftops. A little something like this:
It’s amazing what a difference dropping the ISO level will do to a picture. This one was taken at ISO 100 and 30 seconds of exposure, and the sky turned out just right.
The weather is a pretty fickle thing however and whilst I was focussed on experimenting with light levels the clouds began to move in. I had to act pretty quickly to get a shot of the stars before they rolled in:
The action created by shooting fast-moving clouds was a definitely lucky accident; I forgot to lower my shutter speed as I saw the clouds approaching. I particularly liked the effect of the moving clouds against the stillness of my house: