Night sky shot using fisheye lens for SooC 52

I recently joined a group of fellow photographers that I know on Twitter in a weekly posting called SooC 52. SooC = Straight out of Camera, so no manipulations here, just what comes out of the camera in the form of a jpeg. The theme this week was “Night Sky”, and my subject just happened to fall into my lap last night. The restaurant where my wife works sometimes hosts a group of amateur astronomers who set up their telescopes and let passers-by take a closer look at the heavens in an event they call “Planets for the People”.

Living in Columbia, the night sky is not much to look at with all the light pollution. The most prominent feature of any night is the moon and a few bright stars and planets, but it’s otherwise nothing really special. Since we were heading to the restaurant anyway, I decided to shoot some photos of the astronomers with their telescopes, showing people different planets and closeups of the moon.

I will have to admit that I am not used to not having any control over my image after the shutter closes, and this SooC thing is very foreign to me. In fact, these are the first jpegs that I have ever shot with my camera! I always shoot in RAW and process the images afterward in Lightroom, so this is my first attempt at something like this. It’s going to take some getting used to, but I like the simplicity in this way of shooting, and the fact that it is going to push me to get everything that I want out of the image in the initial exposure. It’s going to force me to make the best image I can without any additional post processing, which is really something I have forgotten how to do. In this image for example, I really should have used a flash for some fill light on the telescopes and people to help separate them from the background, but I’ll know better next time. This will be a weekly post, as the “52” denotes, so I’ll be back with another one next week. In the meantime, check out the work of the other photographers who are a part of this. It’s going to be interesting to see how everyone interprets the given subject in their own unique way.

Chris Lane – http://www.chrislanephoto.com/blog/tag/sooc-52/

Pete Glogiewicz – http://glogtography.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/SOOC52

Bruce Ulrich – http://bruceaulrich.wordpress.com/tag/sooc52/

John Pemberton – http://jpsquaredphotography.blogspot.com/p/sooc.html

Doug Patterson – http://blogs.jccc.edu/dpatter/

Eje Gustaffson – http://straylightdata.com/category/52-week-challenge/