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Monday, October 14, 2013
DSLR and night photography, or can we cut the noise?
Back in the High School and College I did a not of night photography. Love it. Loved star trails and moonlit landscapes. Armed with a tripod I was all over the Ozarks and Southern Illinois at night taking pictures.
Not so much since I got the DSLR. Dabbled in it, but got turned off by the noise that long exposures bring to the table. Add in a high ISO and the noise takes over and it begins to look like a pointillists painting, not a photograph. Not that I find it objectionable, but sometimes I want a crisp clean black and no noise.
Now the current dilemma. In a scant 6 weeks Comet Ison which I've been geeking out over since early this year is going to be at peak viewing. Yes, I can capture an awesome sunrise, sunset and even a moon rise. Capturing a comet, even one as "bright as the moon" will have challenges at dawn as I don't want a lot of noise.
Google will help. Any other ideas on where to go for help on this one? I figure I have a month to get the info, practice and nail it for a pre-dawn road trip and excursion out to Joshua Tree or similar for best comet viewing and photo-ing.
This image is one I captured of a moon rise from the San Gabriel River near Azusa several summers ago. It was just at dusk and didn't need a tripod or having to worry about excessive noise.