Nikon D7100 & Milky Way (Time Lapse)

Harles99Harles99 Posts: 6Member
edited May 2013 in Nikon DSLR cameras
Havent seen a lot from the Nikon D7100 in terms of Astrophotography. The 24mp sensor makes for some nice night time images. There was noise in the original image (not too bad but still visible), but it cleans up nicely in post. Happy with the results and the Nikon D7100. Will be glad to use it along side the Nikon D4.

I did notice a small bit of flickering in the time lapse. All the settings where set on manual (M) mode. I did recheck my settings and I had the Noise reduction set to "Normal" instead of "off" and that might have introduced some of the flicker (I keep it "off" on my D4 and get no flicker). It goes away at about the half way mark of the time lapse. Not a huge issue just have to remember for next time.

Had the camera set a few feet off of our Bass pond to get the reflection of the stars of the water. The green tint seen floating in the sky is Airglow and can be seen only in dark/clear skies. If you look closely you can see a few meteors and satellites streaking across the sky.

Time Lapse workflow: Nikon D7100 -> Adobe Camera Raw -> After Effects -> Premier Pro -> Youtube. (WATCH IN HD)

Settings for this shot:
Nikon D7100 & Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @ 11mm
30" second exposure, ISO 3200, WB 4000K

Milky Way Reflections (Time Lapse Still)

Thanks for looking! :)>-


  • KnockKnockKnockKnock Posts: 342Member
    D7100, D60, 35mm f/1.8 DX, 50mm f/1.4, 18-105mm DX, 18-55mm VR II, Sony RX-100 ii
  • JohnJohn Posts: 134Member
    Very nice time laps!
    You really see the colors and nebulas of the Milky Way.

    A few technical questions because it's something that I'd like to try in the future. :)
    - How did you do your light metering? With an external meter or via the in camera meter (and did you use spot, metrix,...)?
    - How many photo's did you take for this sequence?
    - When you talk about noice reduction being on do you mean "long exposure noice reduction" or "normal noice reduction".
    - What were your noice reduction settings for post processing?
    - Is that the sun setting at the beginning of the movie? If so, how did you deal with the changing light levels throughout the movie?
    - Anything else you care to share with someone who would want to give it a try?

  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,191Moderator
    For the Astrophotography folks....
    Msmoto, mod
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 5,215Moderator
    I gotta get me one of those super-zooms Tommie!
    Always learning.
  • mikepmikep Posts: 280Member
    wow ms moto

    cant take too much of that it starts to blow my mind and freak me out!!
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,191Moderator
    Mmm... I think the farthest star is about 14.5 billion light years away.... or about 85,240,000,000,000,000,000,000 miles away

    And this is what makes astrophotography so fascinating..... we can look to more on astrophotography in the coming months
    Msmoto, mod
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