When Darkness is good for photos

Usually, camera buffs are looking for lots of light but, when photographing stars, dark is better.


Photography by its nature is the capture of light so, you would naturally think that a photographer would hate it when it is dark.  That is true in most cases but, when you’re trying to get a good image of the Milky Way, the darker the better.

The evening we went up to Brasstown Bald, the highest point in the State of Georgia, was a little cloudy.  There was some light coming from the town of Blairsville but for the most part, it was quite dark.  In this image you can see the “light pollution” in yellow tones on the horizon.

In most cases, you can’t see the Milky Way with the naked eye unless it is absolutely dark and clear.  To get photos you need to keep the camera absolutely still and have the shutter open for somewhere around 30 seconds.  If you have a camera that can support a high ISO (1600 or more) and a lens with a fairly large maximum aperture (f/3.5 or better) you can see the magic of modern photography and experience the beauty of our galaxy.

Thanks to David Akoubian and the Tamron Image Masters for teaching me the techniques and to the members of the North Georgia Photo Club for allowing me to join them on this trip.  This was definitely one of those times when Darkness is Good!

Daily Prompt: Darkness

Milky Way from Brasstown Bald Mountain
Towns and Union Counties, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm – 30 seconds at f/3.5 – ISO 3200

#Georgia #BrasstownBald #BlueRidge #Appalachian #mountains #MilkyWay #southern #photography #WithMyTamron #Nikon

Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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