Night on the Parkway
A friend wanted me to show her how to shoot stars before her trip to Iceland next month, so Sunday evening I took a few folks up to a dark area - Doughton Park - on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.
1 - We think this might have been Mercury, but we weren't sure.
2 - City lights in the distance were quite evident on this dark night.
3 - I almost didn't get this shot. We had parked in a large lot next to a clearing at the top of a hill with a view of the sky all around. We were shooting for a while when I took a walk to set up a second camera for star trails. I happened to notice this bare tree silhouetted against the sky...
4 - I'm not sure what I caught here - probably a meteor.
5 - Star trail shot - 23 images, 4 minutes each, f/2.8, ISO 400. Yes, there is a little schmutz around the tree branches - a couple of frames had car lights adding some light and color, and I didn't do a great job taking care of them. Something to work on next time...