Example Project: Alabama Hills, California - Ian Norman

Example Project: Alabama Hills, California - Ian Norman - student project

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This is a sample project of photos taken during a lonelyspeck.com astrophotography workshop in Alabama Hills, California. On this particular workshop, I taught a young couple and the guy actually proposed to his girlfriend that night under the stars. These are five of the most memorable shots from the night. 

Astrophoto Location: Alabama Hills

Astrophoto Date: Night of October 5-6

  • Moon: New Moon: 0.8%  Illumination
  • Moonset: 6:58pm
  • Moonrise: 8:35am
  • Sunset: 6:31pm
  • Sunrise: 6:51am

Night Sky Information:

  • Milky Way Direction: West-Southwest
  • Important Constellations: Aquila, Cygnus, Cassiopeia 
  • Bright Stars: Altair, Deneb, Vega

Stellarium Screenshot:

Gear List: 

  • Canon EOS 6D 
  • Rokinon 14mm/2.8
  • Rokinon 24mm/1.4
  • Sirui T-025X Tripod
  • Petzl and Coleman Headlamps
  • 2x SDHC Cards
  • 2x Extra camera batteries
  • Extra headlamp/flashlight batteries
  • A small roll of masking, electrical or gaffer’s tape
  • LG Nexus 4 with Stellarium app
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Trail Mix
  • Beanie Hat

Results from October 5-6 Astrophotography Workshop:

24mm, f/2.0, 15 seconds, ISO 5000, headlamp on a shoelace

14mm, f/2.8, 30 seconds, ISO 6400, headlamp night vision mode for Red LED light, cropped

14mm, f/2.8, 30 seconds, ISO 6400, painted from the right side of the frame with headlamp

14mm, f/2.8, 30 seconds, ISO 6400, headlamps on strings, cropped

14mm, f/2.8, 25 seconds, ISO 6400, headlamp on string

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