Skiing Coopers Rock by Moonlight
There was no need for a headlamp last night. The almost full moon lit the trail out to Coopers Rock’s overlook with a perfect glow. We skied in via roadside trial, and back via the road.
We made it up to Coopers around 9:30pm, skiing to the overlook and back by 11:30pm, and home by midnight.
- Use a Tripod
- Use at least a 2 second delay (I often use 5 seconds), to remove any camera shake. Or, use a remote trigger
- Make sure noise reduction for high ISO and long shutter speeds are enabled.
- Use manual focus (when capturing stars, focus at infinity, or just a hair back off from it).
- After setting the focus, check the first shot by zooming in on the playback image (recheck the focus often as moving about can budge things).
- On cropped sensor cameras be careful of high ISO ranges as they produce a lot of noise. I take great photos at an ISO of 3200 on my D800 (full frame sensor), but anything above ISO 800 on my D300s (cropped sensor) is almost worthless.
- Modulate the shutter speed and aperture based on your composition and light demands.
- Try to keep the ISO as low as possible, but don’t be afraid to play with the higher values. Just remember with higher ISO levels comes more noise and a lower dynamic range.
- The list goes on, but these few tip are enough to get the wheels turning.
I’ll gladly answer other questions though, just leave a comment at the end of the post!
This is a 51.6 megapixel image. I’m making 30 signed and numbered canvas prints of this image available at it’s native size of 32 in by 17 in. I should have a few ready in the next week or so.