Night time in Mammoth

I’ve been playing around with long exposure times on my camera. I took these two last night.

Mt. Lincoln
Unfortunately, this shot of Mt. Lincoln is a bit unfocused. The road and surrounding snow is in focus, but the mountain it self isn’t. Still, it looks almost like day light out there!

Mammoth House
This is the cabin at Mammoth, with a bus driving in front of it. Really blown out windows, but I am not good enough yet with HDR to correct that.

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3 Responses to Night time in Mammoth

  1. Andy says:

    Well done on the first shot. I’ve also had issues with focusing on long exposures. For a shot like yours, I’d suggest setting the focus manually to just below infinity and bumping down the aperture to something like f11 for a larger depth of field.

  2. Bill says:

    Yeah, I moved on to the manual focus for the later shots. I liked f11 for the focal range, but if you look at the images from the following night, I had to go to iso1600 and 30 second exposure.

    If my camera did 60 second or two minute, I think it’d look less noisy (not to mention, have cooler looking star streaks).

    What can I say, it’s a learning curve!

  3. Andy says:

    Agreed on the longer exposures. I personally don’t like to go over ISO 200 when shooting long exposures due to the noise. I just got a $5 remote so I can take exposures however long I want (using the “bulb” option in manual mode).

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