Stephen Bay's Photography Blog

Where to Photograph the Milky Way Around San Diego

As a night sky photographer, when I’m looking for locations to photograph, I pay close attention to the amount of light pollution in the skies. The stray light from building and roads in nearby urban areas can easily wash out the stars and make it hard to get clean images of the Milky Way. For example, look at the following two pictures taken with the exact same lens and camera:

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Diffraction, Aperture, and High Megapixel Cameras

While I was out on my last shoot, I did a quick test to show the effects of diffraction on image sharpness. If you don’t know what diffraction is, here is the dictionary definition: Diffraction is the process by which a beam of light spreads out after passing through a narrow hole or across an edge. Practically what this means is that when you use physically smaller apertures, the light passing through the lens spreads out more.

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My Printing Checklist

When I need to make a print, I have a step-by-step checklist that I go over to minimize preventable errors. The last thing I want to do is send my file to lab for an expensive large print and then notice a dust spot when it’s hanging on my wall. 1 - Calibrate your Monitor If I haven’t calibrated and profiled my monitor recently, I will do so before starting to work on an image for print.

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My Photography Goals for 2020

Creative Goals I’m going to move away from stamp collecting. In the past, I treated landscape (and travel) photography like stamp collecting. I had a list of locations and I wanted to make sure I had at least one photo from each spot. Once I got my shot, I moved on to the next one in my list. When I first moved to San Diego, this served me well as I had no images and didn’t know the area very well.

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Photography Stats for 2019

I’ve always been a numbers guy so I like to keep track of some basic statistics on my photography. As of Dec 20, 2019 I have the following track record:

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