Updated: Jun 18

I was going to start with my first successful star trail image, but to be honest that would be skipping a lot of the story. Instead I will start with my last night sky image shot on my old camera, a Nikon d5200.

21 August 2019 - Hyalite Canyon in the Custer Gallatin National Forest near Bozeman, MT. Shooting from the south end of the reservoir toward the south.

Shooting the night sky has long interested me, but I struggled to make it happen due to lack of knowledge and proper equipment for catching the scarce light available. At the time I shot this image I was elated as I thought I had finally had some level of success. I shared the shot with my brother, who is a photographer in Baltimore. His response was a bombardment of links to youtube videos about shooting the night sky and the recommendation that I buy a camera with a full frame sensor. I spent the next several weeks watching every video he linked and most of the videos recommended from those videos. I watched videos on just about every photographic technique people were using when shooting at night and after a lot of deliberation, invested in a Nikon d750 and a Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 prime lens. At the time, there was no way that I realized what kind of journey I was preparing to embark on, but I acquired the tools and enough knowledge that I was ready to wander into the darkness.


© 2020 by Matt C. Jackson

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