We shot late evening, sunset, and night photography last night at the top of Haleakala in Maui. I will get some of the earlier images up soon.
We had the opportunity to visit some of the observatories and tracking stations after sunset. I was able to grab a few shots of the satellite tracking station doing some work. The station fires a laser at satellites in orbit and measures their precise location. The information is passed to NASA in order to keep a firm track on what is where in space.
For the shots I used the Canon 5D Mk II, EF 24mm f/1.4L, Induro CT-213, and Really Right Stuff BH-55.
The 24mm f/1.4L is THE lens you need to work night photography; fast, sharp, and more!
I used live view to focus the camera on the laser tracking station (in my humble opinion, the best way to focus night or day when on tripod.)
Exposure settings were ISO 800, f/1.4, and 13".
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