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Photo of the Week 121

Photo of the Week 121
We're happy that another Friday has come.  It means that the weekend is almost here.  We can't wait.  You probably can't either.  Since we have some time on our hands before we get to relax, how about checking out Cramer Imaging's selection for featured "Photo of the Week?"  This week, we're featuring something a bit different in the form of astrophotography.

Taking pictures of the stars and the galaxy has been a challenge for us.  It's a continual struggle but we keep at it.  Sometime we'll end up getting that dreamy photo of the night which we want to add to the portfolio.  This photograph, while far from that photo we dream of, is our first successful night sky photograph.

It was one of those nights where we were supposed to have a good meteor shower.  We drove out away from the city lights to get a good view of the night sky and the shooting stars.  The meteors weren't particularly cooperative so I decided to try for some night sky photos instead.

The best shots of the night sky are wide angle.  That allows you, as the viewer, to see the maximum possible angle of the heavens.  I started out with my wide angle lens for just that reason.  Unfortunately, it doesn't have a wide enough aperture to capture the Milky Way the way that I wanted.  I have only one lens which will meet those requirements: a 50mm prime lens.

The 50mm prime is probably the most common and dismissed piece of glass in the photography world.  I don't often find a use for it.  It's not wide enough of an angle for most of my landscape work and it lacks the power to zoom (other than what my feet can do) when I want to get in tight with my framing.  It's one redeeming feature is the f/1.4 aperture.  With that aperture, I can really expose properly in low light situations, like the night sky.

With my 50mm lens, my tripod, and my cable release, I aimed at the hillside where I saw some stars and knew I wouldn't get city light bleed.  I had the shutter open for several seconds and captured my first successful night shot of the Milky Way galaxy arm across the sky.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality astrophotography photograph featuring the Milky Way at night in Cherry Springs, Caribou National Forest near Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho