Our Night Under the Stars

Daily Photo – Our Night Under the Stars

I’m in the middle of a great trip to a ranch in Montana that I’ll never forget.

The nights here are always strange and different.  I’ve only gotten outside a few times to take photos, mostly because of inclement weather.  During the first week or so, the moon so high and bright that it caused everything to get blown out.  That’s no good and makes for a boring night.  Who needs a boring night?

The moon was just about to rise behind the mountains, and the night air was crystal clear. The soft cloud from top left to bottom right is the Milky Way, and it gave the night a nice texture.

  • Awesome! A moonrise: this is really cool. It looks like a fairy tail. What is the exposure time?

  • al

    All i could hear when I first saw this shot was CCR’s “i see that bad moon rising…”
    great shot, love the detail of the night sky

  • Jon

    This is cool I love the Milky Way in the shot. Was this a Single RAW file?

  • wow looks fantastic! the Milky Way adds so much, well shot

  • Whoohoo, nice capture, Trey!!! I haven’t seen it that clear here. Been a long time since I’ve seen the milky way!! It’s been rainy, cloudy, with some sun here, but that’s a good thing as it keeps our fire danger on low!! Love this photo, glad you are enjoying your stay in Montana!!!!

  • Matt

    That is an amazing shot! @Lightning Paul, exposure time 30 seconds, according to the EXIF data. Also, for 800 iso there doesn’t appear to be any noise at all, which is fantastic.

  • casusan

    Oh wow! How beautiful – this is something you never get to see living in a city!

  • OH MY GOD! I never really captured the stars, it’s so freakishly hard! You did such a wonderful job here.

    It would be great if you could take us through this shot a little more exactly, I would consider this one as a very special shot because of the long exposure time and the relatively high ISO.

  • Nathan

    wow, absolutely beautiful! I love how the picture captures the milky way!

  • Thanks everyone – glad you like it.

    Jon – yes this is a single RAW

    Lightning Paul – you do know how to look up the EXIF if you want to ? It’s hard for me to include the info each time… but this is 30 seconds. Also, it did not require any Noiseware NR. !

  • Sarah

    Gorgeous shot 🙂

  • iWantNext – well – I set up the 14-24 and aimed it up, and placed the mountains on the bottom. This D3S is very good at low-light stuff (High ISO with just a little noise). 30 seconds is about perfect. 1 min+ made the stars “streak” a bit. There is more, but that is a start !

  • Sharon

    what a spectacular picture!

  • Looks like a pleasant place to be. Hpe you had a blast and enjoy the birthday Trey.


  • That is amazing Trey. I love the clarity in this. Imagine what it would be like with the sky in NZ!!!!!

  • JIm

    I just love the info page and the part that said DISTANCE….. Subject Distance: 4294967295

    Probably in millions of miles……. Now that is a smart camera….. ;>)

  • Wonderful shot, Trey!

  • And happy birthday 🙂

  • Gorgeous photo. Your camera’s abilities in low light situations is most impressive.

  • Angi English

    Neat shot Trey. I use a similar night photo I took in Big Bend which makes a great Wall paper for my MacBook Pro. Happy Birthday. “Carpe Cakem.” (Sieze the Cake!)

  • Thanks every one

    Eivind – thanks so much!

  • Stunning! Makes me want to pack up and go to Montana.

  • Trey, it actually looks like you used the D3X, not the D3S.

    If you’re wondering, I use a Firefox plugin called FxIF, which allows you to right click on any photo to see EXIF data (assuming it hasn’t been stripped away).

  • Brandon Sheehan

    You mention that there was some streaking on the exposure over a minute, there is a cheap project you can make called a barndoor tracker that stops that and its interesting to try. Google it or see this site I found http://www.jlc.net/~force5/Astro/ATM/Barndoor/barndoor.html

  • Hi Trey,

    Thanks for the info. I found a little FireFox add-on to display EXIF info of online images 🙂

  • That’s so awesome. I love sitting out under the stars just to watch the galaxy, but I also hate it when the moon comes out to ruin everything.

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  • Aniruddha

    I think u can snap a shot in the twilite!! You have a god gifted hand….I owe you!!

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