Milky Way – Bali Indonesia
I have always wanted to take shots of the milky way but I never had the right opportunity. Recently had the chance to go back to Bali and I thought this would be the perfect time for me to try my hand at shooting the milky way. I was there for 3 nights and the first two nights were extremely cloudy and the moon was shining so bright with no visible stars. On the last night it was still cloudy but there were pockets of clear skies. And the moon was not in sight yet. Since it was my last night, I took this chance to try it out. I grabbed my gear, hopped on my motorbike and rode to the darkest point in Candidasa.
At the location I whipped out my mobile, ran the Sky Safari 4 app on my mobile and tried to locate the position of the milky way. Once that was done I setup my camera gear and took some test shots. Trying to remember what camera settings I needed to start with. To my disappointment the shots were horrible as there was way to many fast moving clouds blocking the stars. So I was not sure if I was pointing the camera in the right direction of the milky way.
So instead of wasting my trip that night, I decided to just do some time lapse. I started my time lapse using the app in my Sony A7r. Each exposure was 15 seconds. So I dialed in 20 seconds interval. Giving extra 5 seconds of buffer. And set for 350 shots. Image, RAW, ISO 1600. After snapping away for about 100 plus shots I realised that my low battery indicator was on. I went there with less than 50% battery not expecting to take so many shots. Well I ended up with about 180 shots so not so bad I thought.
After I scrolled throughout the preview pictures in the camera, just to see the cloud movements, I realised that there was a patch of clouds moving in the wrong direction. Could that be the Milky way??? I did not want to get too excited and just hoped it was.
The next day I got back home to Singapore and I loaded up the pictures. YES it was the milky way but it look horrible because of the clouds. A few days later I decided to just do a time lapse sequence of the clouds. After I rendered the video, to my amazement, because of the movements I could see the milky way through the clouds. I was so excited.
Its not as good as the other Milky way time lapse out there but I’m very happy to achieve this in my first attempt. I hope to get more opportunity in the future to get better shots of the milky way.
Candidasa – Bali Indonesia
Date: 9:30pm 11th sept 2014
Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D
Time Lapse App in Sony A7R
20 seconds intervals, Images RAW,
15 Sec, ISO 1600, 20mm, f/2.8
Premier Pro CS6
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