One Night Under the Milky Way by Brian Carey

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3200 ISO is a brave new world for me. As a self confessed low ISO junkie, one who used Ektar 25 film whenever and wherever he could for many years because I wanted tight grain, the tighter the better, I would pull out all the stops I could to use that amazing ISO 25 film! For sure I’d never gone above ISO 1000 and then only to shoot indoor sporting events. Low ISO was(?) a hang-up for me!

But I wanted to try astral photography and high ISO can get you there! However as we all know high ISO leads to increased noise which is something fairly new to me. You can use software and Photoshop plugins but I’ve been considering, one way to control noise would be to minimize or eliminate it by keeping the ISO as low as possible and that’s one way I‘m leaning. So in that regard it looks like a fast 50 prime is in order!

It’s fun to be experimenting and learning, eh!

Camera Model Canon EOS 50D
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 30
Av( Aperture Value ) 3.5
ISO Speed 3200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Flash at 1/16 power and about 12 or 13 paper towels for diffusion.

“One Night Under the Milky Way” was shot at Flamber Head on Newfoundland’s East Coast Trail

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  • seductress
    seductressover 5 years ago

    great photograph!

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 5 years ago

    Fantastic! Oh Brian this looks so appealing from the tent lit from within to that glorious star filled sky! Sign me up! I have two weeks vacation in August! :-)

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago


  • Martin McKiernan
    Martin McKiernanover 5 years ago

    Just too cool! Lovely shot. Is that the Horses Head Nebula?

  • Thanks Martin, but I don’t think it is. According to Wikipedia "The Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33 in bright nebula IC 434) is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. I think Orion is only visible here during the winter. I use Orion’s belt to find Sirius in winter. Thanks for the comment!

    – Brian Carey

  • BigD
    BigDover 5 years ago

    Excellent work, Brian

  • UnEasy
    UnEasyover 5 years ago

    Well, everything you said is true – but how much activity these days really involves physical prints larger than 8 X 10? It’s mostly about the web, and noise is lost at 72 dpi. In the old days I pushed Tri-X to 3000, long before CS3 came along. I think some high-end medium format digitals (and maybe the Nikon 3 whatever goes as high as 26000 ISO – awesomeness. Noise, regardless of ISO will soon be a thing of the past, just as concerns over storage disappeared as we moved from giga bytes to tetra bytes.

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyover 5 years ago

    thanks for the long explanation, brian! we have stunning nightskies here out of the city so I must have a go oneday. Will have to remember that all too technical detail about the paper towels!

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    WOW Brian! This is fabulous! Looks like something you would see in a magazine. And I LOVE that you have included all this great info….it is like a mini learning session for me. And you are so very creative with your paper towel diffusser lol! Wicked cool work you :)

  • Julian Escardo
    Julian Escardoover 5 years ago

    Nice going Brian!…………kudos.

  • Brian Carey
    Brian Careyover 5 years ago

    Thanks everyone! About the paper towels at this ISO I needed to reduce the flash output so I ran a couple of test shots until I was happy. I have store bought diffusers but I needed more attenuation and I love to impervious!

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