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on Apr 16, 2010 in Moose Adventures

Eastern Sierra Adv day2am

I have certain personal rules, routines, that when I break them I always end up shooting myself in the foot. This start of our second day of the Adventure is textbook screw up! We were heading to the Hills for star trails. The skies were perfect, perfect, freakin perfect for creating gorgeous images.

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When I’m on the road creating trails, I always leave the room with the gear all set to go, I just have to put on a tripod, point and shoot. Well this time I didn’t go all set up and I paid the price. Here’s a gorgeous shot and it’s soft. Damn! It’s soft because I didn’t open my eyes and notice that the 24f1.4 focuses past infinity. I just focused over until the lens stopped and went happy on to help others. Clicks later, yuck!

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OK, so I come to the party and get the lens focused at infinity, cool. Then I realize my MC-36 which I had lent out a while back wasn’t firing correctly. So in the dark I took it apart to see the battery compartment was corroded. So while trying to make star trails, I’m pulling on the MC-36 connected to the camera. Yikes, not doing so well.

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Then, just when I think I’m making progress, I realize I’m shooting with the D3x when I meant to grab the D3s! Holly crap, could I have toasted a killer opp better, if I tried? Why did I want the D3s? I want to shoot 4-8sec exposures and to do that, I need the D3s’s higher ISO quality. So while I got what I wanted in the viewfinder, the Milky Way cloud, it’s not sharp.The only saving grace is the fact that this is my backyard. With skies cooperating, I’ll be out again tonight perfecting my technique.

Photos captured by D3x, 24f1.4AFS on Lexar UDMA digital film