We Own the Night

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Canon Eos 5d mk3, Rokinon 14mm F2.8, ISO 3200, 25 seconds @ F2.8

Needing a break from editing eagle photos from my “Bald Eagles of Alaska” tour I travelled to Petroglyph Canyon on the Wyoming/Montana border yesterday evening.  I had yet to use my new Canon 5D mkIII camera for night images and was anxious to see how it performed compared to my 5D2 and 1Dmk4. 

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Canon Eos 5d mk3, Rokinon 14mm F2.8, ISO 3200, 25 seconds @ F2.8

The beautiful remote canyon has lots of interesting ghost trees, rock spires and hoodoos that make great foreground elements for starscapes. 

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Canon Eos 5d mk3, Rokinon 14mm F2.8, ISO 4000, 25 seconds @ F2.8

I found this striking pine tree perched on top of a sandstone outcrop and decided it would make an interesting composition.  I used ISO’s ranging from 3200 to 6400 during the shoot and was very impressed with the noise performance of the 5DmkIII.  All ISO values were usable.  I had the camera set to shoot RAW+Full Size Jpeg.  I had high ISO noise reduction set to standard and long exposure noise reduction set to Auto.  These settings will only affect the Jpeg file and the resulting Jpeg files were excellent.  I was able to achieve similar results by processing the RAW files.

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Canon Eos 5d mk3, Rokinon 14mm F2.8, ISO 4000, 25 seconds @ F2.8

For this image I painted the rock outcrop with a LCD flashlight bounced off another rock outcrop behind me.  For this shoot I used my Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lens.  This is a low-priced alternative to the expensive Canon version.  I’ve been very impressed with the resolution the lens delivers.  Of course the lens is manual focus, and you manually have to stop the lens down but I don’t find it to be a big problem for my use.

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Canon Eos 5d mk3, Rokinon 14mm F2.8, ISO 6400, 25 seconds @ F2.8

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Canon Eos 5d mk3, Rokinon 14mm F2.8, ISO 4000, 25 seconds @ F2.8

 

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