March 20, 2021 - Comments Off on Shooting the Milky Way and Rock Art

Shooting the Milky Way and Rock Art

A Paranagant anthropomorphic figure at Shaman's Knob at Mt Irish Archaeological District.

One of the most common questions that I get asked about photography is how do you shoot images like this where you can see the Milky Way?

The Shooting Gallery Archaeological District in the Basin and Range National Monument. The Shooting Gallery was an archaic kill site. Begining 5,000 years ago the enclosed valley was used to drive game animals into and harvest them in large numbers.

How do you make images where you can see the rock art but also stars and the milky way, images like the time-lapse sequence on our home page?

To answer that question I put together this video that walks you throgh the process of visualizing and making images at night.

In short you need: a modern DSLR camera, a tripod, a remote and a wide lens.

It also helps to have a desire to experiment and a willingness to fail.

A good base exposure for a clear, moonless night is

iso 6400, f4, 30 seconds.

New cameras work at absurdly high iso these days so experiment and check your histogram to avoid heartbreak later (watch the video for an explanation of the histogram curve).

The video gives you a pretty good overview

Most importantly have fun being outside at night!

Published by: Stephen Alvarez in Great Basin, Nevada

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