Making sure the picture was sharp was somewhat of a challenge. The rule of thumb is to get your focus on infinity, but just off centre, take a picture and check your sharpness by zooming in all the way and zooming out x3. Being the perfectionist that I am, I wanted to ensure that my pictures were sharp enough and kept calling out, “Richie!” every time I needed the facilitator to come and check if all was good. Poor Richard already knew that phrase all too often and always patiently responded with a “coming Chicken!” as soon as he heard it. To this day, I still don’t know why I got that nickname but it caught on to the rest of the guests and to my dismay, I was dubbed “Chicken” for the rest of the weekend.
Another interesting take on night sky photography was discovering the beauty of changing my white balance. I’ve never actually played around with white balance too much but changing it up opened up my eyes to the wonders it can do with the colours of a photo. Customising the colour balance in incandescent white balance brought out different shades of the image being taken and even though a pink-purple photo may not be “technically” correct, it was deemed the most popular one my social media page.
Now that the sun has set on this new challenge, what’s next for this lowlight apprentice? Well, the lack of remote trigger rendered me unable to capture a star trail this time ‘round but until the next trip to the great outdoors is planned, I’ll focus on perfecting to write my name in sparklers.