January 9, 2013
I noticed the clouds were clearing this evening and I hadn't taken a picture of the stars in a while, so I headed up to Mission Ridge. Once I got there I could see there were still some clouds but with only minimal coverage of the sky.
Rather than looking through the viewfinder I amped up the ISO to 6400 and took a 30 second exposure. This gave me a brilliant but very noisy view of the sky. This is a quick way of making sure the image is framed the way you want. The focus and camera settings were in the manual mode, and I used a remote shutter release to dampen any camera vibration. I also reduced the ISO to 4000.
It's great shooting the night sky in the winter because it gets dark so early. Orion is a bright constellation and easy to spot in the night sky. A short exposure reveals nebulas and vast amount of stars. The clouds are blurred because of their proximity and the length of the exposure.