|"Sometimes Things Get Complicated" ~ a panorama composed of 11 images ~ Photo by Dave Morrow|
"I have always been a huge fan of the subject," says Dave. He looked at thousands of pictures of the night sky, which made him want to create something completely different from everyone else.
|"Night Tremors" ~ Ruby Beach on the Olympic Peninsula ~ Photo by Dave Morrow|
"When I got home from my first shoot and upload the picture onto my computer, I had no clue how to process this beast of an image," reports Morrow. He decided to experiment and see what happened. As he moved different sliders around in Lightroom, some great colors start to come out in the image, so he decide to run with it, and the rest is history.
|"When Worlds Collide" ~ Photo by Dave Morrow|
- Shooting the Night Sky Star Photography Tutorial (Free)
- Dave's Star Photography Lightroom Presets (48 Lightroom 4 presets for $4.99)
|"Shoot Me to the Stars" ~ Mt. Rainier from Sunrise Point ~ Photo by Dave Morrow|
Number two has got to be the Nikon D800 which he feels seems to have a star photography “sweet spot” of ISO 5000. "I have never seen a camera handle ISO 5000 like this one does," reports Dave.
Number three would be his Really Right Stuff Tripod. Extending to 72 inches tall is a huge advantage when shooting the night sky for hours, due to the fact that he can look up at his camera without slouching over. The rest of his gear can be found here on his website.
And because the moon is a Milky Way photographer's worst enemy, Dave uses The Photographer's Ephemeris to know when the moons rises and sets (and how bright/big it will be on any given night), as well as the times of the sunrise and sunsets. He also uses a free light pollution map (by Blue Marble). Other tools are mentioned in his online tutorial. (Editor's Note: If you live in the continental United States, another great light pollution map is the Dark Sky Finder mention in our 12 September 2012 blog post.)
On the Edge of Reality: "Escaping people, and at times reality has always been something I enjoy now and then. In order to get good dark skies for stars photography you must do both of these things," says Dave. Adding somewhat philosophically, "So it works out well!"
More of Dave Morrow's photography can be found at his website.