Today I wanted to talk about not taking extended periods of time to find the desired placement of a scene and also not using a flashlight and ruining your night vision. Those extra seconds can really add up when it is cold outside. I recently went to Mammoth California. There was still snow around and it got chilly at night. Now being far away from a city I wanted to get some night shots that included the Milky Way. I succeeded and had many minutes of being cold. While setting up the frame I didn’t want to turn on a flashlight and I didn’t want to wait 15 to 30 seconds a bunch of times to get what I wanted into the frame. So what I do is turn up the ISO to the highest setting, 16,000 in my case, and snap a shot and reposition until I get what I want in the frame. Then I drop the ISO a level that I am comfortable with and get the pictures.
Granted there is a ton of noise and the picture is basically unusable. It does provide the location for where aspects of the image are, such as the Milky Way, Boat, Waterfall and Tree line.
Now I know that it is not shown but there were about 6 or 7 pictures to get the placement the way that I wanted it. Seven 15 second exposures is doesn’t seem like a lot but when you are shivering because it is nearly freezing outside those seconds add up. Instead of 105 seconds plus moving the camera and checking the display I spent 11.2 seconds taking pictures. It’s pretty easy and only really usable in few situations but it is good knowledge to have.