Sony A7S with Sony 16-35mm f/4 @ ISO12800, 20sec, f/4
Sony A7S with Sony 16-35mm f/4 @ ISO12800, 20sec, f/4

Milkyway Photos & Timelapse GIF & in 4K – Sony A7R II, Sony A7s, Nikon D610

A very last minute decision spurred me onto go shoot the Milkway last night.

Being in London you can never guarantee clear skies and when you’re in London there’s no chance of seeing the milkway so you’ll have to drive out relatively far…

Now it’s always a gamble looking at the weather forecasts as it could say “Mostly Clear”, but you have to ask the question “What is Mostly clear to them?????”.

I took a punt and drove 40min out to Goldalming and found an entrance to this area, I wasn’t sure where it would lead too and I didn’t see any signs saying Private Road or anything, so I entered and parked up.

The idea was to set up my Nikon D610 with 14-24mm f/2.8 to do a Timelapse with the rectilinear ultrawide angle lens and another with a Fish Eye to hopefully capture a wider view of the sky with my Sony A7R II and Samyang 8mm f/2.8 Fish Eye II.

I also had my Sony A7S and 16-35mm f/4 for any random shots whilst I waited for the timelapses.

The above shot was a JPG transferred to my phone and edited on Lightroom Mobile App. I was surprised the JPG was able to pull out any detail at all and I do look forward to see what else I can pull out via the RAW file.

Luckily I managed to see the milkway for around 50min before the clouds smothered it completely.

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Here’s a 3-4sec clip of the Milkway and once the clouds covered it over I saw no point in being there any longer as the weather app was approaching “Intermittent Clouds” to “Cloudy” the following hour and the Milkway was due to set in about 15min, so as soon as the clouds covered it up, I packed up and headed home.

Unforunately the Nikon Timelapse failed for some reason and I must not had set it up correctly, but luckily all was well with the Fish Eye Timelapse.

So I attempted a Panoramic Shot which epically failed!

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Every shoot in any genre is a learning experience, but nothing is harder for me right now than Milkway! Purely because I struggle to find time within my personal life to match up with the ideal conditions!

Last night was not ideal by any means, but it will do for now as I got Weddings this weekend and next week the Moon will be up. So gotta make do with what you have!

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