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I purchased the Nikkor 16mm Fisheye lens with Night Photography in mind. This was the first time since acquiring it that I’ve been out shooting the stars.

I really wanted to see how it works and how photos would look so I used only the Fisheye lens for all my Night Sky photography on this night.
I was hoping the angle of view would be so wide that I could capture a lot of the Milky Way. I couldn’t capture it all in one frame but I was able to get more than ever before.

A small group of us were hanging out together most the night. Meggie, Ritesh, Nikki, Marsha, and I. We had been photographing the night sky waiting for the Milky Way to rise then climb high enough above the mountains, and clouds for us to see it. Our position then was down near the campground using the Oak Trees and grass in our foreground. About 1:30AM Marsha and I hiked back up to the Peak to shoot the Milky Way over the valley.
The pockets of light in the right mid-ground is the city of Hollister hidden under the fog I believe. This was my last shot of the night. I took this at 3:12AM from just under Fremont Peak. It was a fun night under the stars. Marsha and I hiked down the mountain tired, but elated. It’s so exciting seeing so many stars, and the Milky Way this vibrant and clear once again in our hemisphere.

My next goal is to learn how to do a panorama of the Milky Way.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 16mm Fisheye Lens @ f/4| 45seconds| ISO 3200| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering| Tripod
Fremont Peak State Park, California

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