Starry Nights - Rajesh Jyothiswaran

Up Close and Personal

Earlier in Spring this year, I had a special opportunity to photograph the stars in the sky over the stars of the Texas spring, the bluebonnets. On a beautiful Ranch in Ennis, Texas 35 miles (56km) as the crow flies from Downtown Dallas the air was damp and the grass moist from the dew settling in the early hours of the morning, At 5am as the Sunlight began to add to the ambient light which being so close to a metro area is inevitable.

My friend Wisanu Boonrawd, the extraordinarily talented photographer from Thailand and I shot similar compositions side by side to try out a technique called Focus Stacking which enables everything in the scene to be in focus rather than just the foreground or the skies. I shot my composition with a 18mm lens whereas Wisanu shot his with a 14mm. The extra 4mm makes such a big difference if you want to include more of the scene and the sky. My 18mm composition on the flip side, brought me up close and personal to the wildflowers and the best part of the heavens enjoying the views of the Texas Spring.

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Sony a7RII
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8
ISO 6400, 20s at f/2.8
Ground: 6 shots focus stacked
Sky: 3 shots stacked for Noise Reduction

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