Shooting stars in the summer and what i learned from it #Ulog2

Decided to spend a week at friends summer-house near Tartu, where the whole small town is built around the observatory. Quiet and mostly with low light pollution, it was one of the best places in Estonia to shoot stars in summer.

 

center of milky way galaxy and Tartu-Tõravere Meteorological Station

 

tartu weather station
Weather station with center of Milky way galaxy

 

When I was done with camera set-up, the telescope turned on and directed itself to Milky way

 

telescope and milky way
Tartu observatory and outer side of the Milky way galaxy

 

On Other side of the telescope, you can see what it was investigating

 

Center of Milky way galaxy
Center of Milky way galaxy

 

Wanted to try some light painting with bike flash, but it was too damn dark to position me to the center of telescope. That’s the closest I got 🙂 Next time I’LL use my portable flash so it will catch less movement and get sharper shot of the model

 

Small telescopes
Small telescopes near Tartu observatory
This was my first try on capturing night sky and i’ve learned a lot! I’d list them here for readers not to repeat my mistakes

 

  • Use highest ISO possible(not max, highest that doesn’t have too much noise). For my Canon 6D it was ISO-6400
  • Don’t focus to infinity, turn back the notch just a little bit.
  • If possible don’t use wide aperture, my f/2.5 didn’t keep everything crispy and sharp. Next time I’ll turn it up one step.
  • Make panoramas for WOW effect.
  • Dont go over 30 sec shutter, it will leave trails. Best results were with 25-28 sec
  • Lightroom has a Dehaze slider, use it to make stars pop up even more 🙂
  • Don’t drink and/or smoke grass !!!

 

 

 

Tartu observatory in Tõravere

The Tartu Observatory was founded at the Imperial University of Dorpat as it was reopened in 1802. At one time it was one of the best telescopes in northern Europe

Walk on the shadowline

Grandma called and needed help to carry her new plants that she bought to her garden.To make things more interesting, I grabbed my camera with me.

 

No idea what flowers they were, but looked very nice 🙂 Anyone got any idea what they could be ?

 

Both shots were actually taken in a huge greenhouse

Category: #naturephotography

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Taken: 24 May, 2018
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
  • Location: Kiisa, Estonia

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  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Taken: 24 May, 2018
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

Fresh summer water

On the way to friends summerhouse, we needed some refreshing. Found nice small jetty where you can easily jump into. It probably was built to keep some fishes in separate pond. I really like blue and green mix, for me it represent fresh summers 🙂

ISO-320 | f/9 | 1/250 sec | HDR from 3 images
ISO-320 | f/9 | 1/250 sec | HDR from 3 images
Near river, there was a cool tree with birdhouses, that looked like bird market. It looks old, but there is still some activity going on inside

Equipment: Canon 6D + 24-105mm
Location: Tori, Estonia

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  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Taken: 23 June, 2017
  • Exposure bias: +1/3EV
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s