Running your own business from your home is a great experience and there are a lot of (obvious) perks to doing so. There’s also drawbacks and one of them is feeling stagnant at times. I’ve been running into this feeling. I kept feeling like I was walking in place for the last couple of weeks, and I needed to do something to get my mind back into the game. So I decided late yesterday afternoon that I needed to do something out of my norm, and I ended up driving out of the city that night to try and capture the stars.
Astrophotography is something that I have never personally tried, but had previously researched. I already knew the “basics” of avoiding light pollution, where to start with my camera settings, etc. I just didn’t realize how peaceful and relieving it would be to be out in the middle of nowhere with only my gear and the world in front of me. It is truly a feeling that helps get your mind into the right place.
I’m pretty thrilled with my results I ended up with. Most of these photos were taken over about a 15 second period per shot. You don’t want to shoot past about 20 seconds, since the Earth is always moving and the stars will start to blur. It can be a cool effect, but if you want them to be tack sharp, you’ll want to go by this rule.
I recommend to anyone: if you are stuck in a rut and need a way to clear your head, do something out of your comfort zone. Get out and find new things to work on for a bit, and even go out to the middle of nowhere to just appreciate the world for what it naturally is.