My first time Astro Shooting in Sedona with the Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master!
Hey guys! Happy Monday (is there such a thing)? This past weekend I was in Sedona with five or six photographer friends to try our hand at Astrophotography with the Sony 24mm G Master Lens. Now, I am NOT an Astro Shooter though it has always fascinated me. I used to look at photos shot by Astro pros and they would blow my mind. I understood that stacking was necessary to really get those good shots and it was said to be a very time consuming ordeal. Well, how times have changed. With the new breed of cameras we have in 2018, Sony is still the leader in some areas, low light and higher ISO being one of them. With the A7RIII for example, one can set up their camera on a tripod, aim it at the night sky, set your ISO for 800 and shutter to 20 Seconds or so with a lens like the 24 set to f1.4. After 2o seconds the camera will do its noise reduction thing for another 20 and you will then be presented with an image that shows you crazy stars in the sky! EASY as 1-2-3!
See the video below on this experience over the weekend!
My 1st attempt at Astro with an A7RIII and 24 G Master. Shot at f/1.4, ISO 800 and 25 Seconds. NO stacking, no real PP here. Just a contrast boost in post.
With the new 24 G Master prime being hailed as an amazing Astro lens due to its ability to render pinpoint stars in the night sky (when you know what you are doing of course) many photographers who are creatures of the night are raving about this lens.
One guy is Stan Moniz and I highly suggest seeing his work over at his YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE. Man, if I had 25% of Stans Astro skills I would be out in the desert every night, but he has inspired me to do just that in the coming weeks so I can improve my start shooting skills. I live in AZ, and I have many areas with dark Skys to try and get better at this. But I do not want to get ahead of myself here! Stan was with us to show those of us who were not experienced with Astro just how to do it, getting the basics down. How to set up your camera, formulas for setting up your camera, and his advice for the 24 1.4? USE IT AT f1.4! It’s that good he says, and I believe him. I reviewed that lens a while back and it’s a BEAUTY. Small, light, blazing fast AF, incredible close focus and one of the best G Master Lenses made to date (IMO).
I did a little PP on this one…but those blue skies are stunning!
During this time in Sedona I hung out with Ted Forbes who is from The Art of Photography channel on YouTube. Ted is an awesome guy and a hoot to hang around with (as you will see in the video at the top of this page) and he himself also had no experience with Astrophotography! We gave it a shot and both had a great time while there. The sad part is I hurt my knee and had to leave a day early (lucky for me I drove in from Phoenix) but what this trip did for me was remind me how cool that 24 G Master lens is, and how fun Astro can be with a modern day camera. I will be back out in the desert soon to give it a go (when it is not so cold out) and if anything comes of it, I will share it all here.
Ted helping the Chef prepare dinner. Ted mixed up an awesome batch of Crepe batter as well..after we used his first batch as paper mâché masks ; )