Maybe no clouds… but a helluva lot of stars!

By |2014-01-06T17:44:55+00:00Jan 5th, 2014|
If there was one common theme for this weekend’s shoot at Yosemite National Park, it was Pure. Blue. Skies.. I mean, not even so much as a wisp blew through above us. However, one thing this utter lack of clouds was good for was providing a perfectly clear night sky, filled to the brim with stars. This was what Amy Heiden and I had to work with last night. It was also really nice that there wasn’t much of any wind to speak of, so the temperature was more than manageable.

I took this photo right near the parking lot of Tunnel View. The orange glow you see on the right tree is ambient light spilling over from the adjacent tunnel (which I also had my fair share of shooting inside of given the lack of auto traffic).

This was the first opportunity I had to photograph stars with my new Sony A7 (coupled with my ever-loving Canon 15mm Fisheye Funkbuster lens). I remember Jake Johnson leaving a few dubious comments about how this camera would handle shooting stars… maybe he expected it to perform poorly due to the size of the body. I dunno. So, Jake, here’s your star shot (first of several). It has some minor touch ups from Lightroom but is otherwise pretty much SOOC at 15mm, f/2.8, 30 seconds, at ISO 1600. I’m more than impressed with the output and continue to be amazed at the performance of this little guy.


  1. Patti Colston January 5, 2014 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Oh WOW! Utterly beautifully stunning! I'm so glad you had such a great sky and light! ;

  2. Steven Mautone January 5, 2014 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    You added it to Google+… that's enough Cloud.

  3. Valesa Diamontes January 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Awesome shot! Would fit perfectly in the Nightscapes theme page! ;)

  4. Renee Michelle January 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    I agree! It is stunning!

  5. Jake Johnson January 5, 2014 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the beta +Brian Matiash.  It reinforces my latest camera purchase.

  6. Cal Mukumoto January 5, 2014 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    I have been shooting the Sony A7 with Canon lenses since Dec. 27th.  I have to say I agree with your evaluation.  BTW:  Nice photo!  Like!

  7. Ken Stanback January 5, 2014 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Great shot Brian

  8. Jason Jakober January 5, 2014 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    The A7 kicks ass, simple as that.

  9. Brian Matiash January 5, 2014 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    What did you invest in, +Jake Johnson?

  10. Karthik Nagaraj January 5, 2014 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash I'm just returning from Yosemite and the sky was loaded with the stars. Will share them once I get home.

  11. Matthew Hirtes January 5, 2014 at 9:11 pm - Reply


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  13. Nikhilesh Singh January 5, 2014 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    Beautiful view and shot!

  14. Girolamo Cracchiolo January 6, 2014 at 4:41 am - Reply

    Wonderful +Brian Matiash !

  15. Markus Landsmann January 6, 2014 at 7:18 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash very good work.

  16. Rodrigo Jardón January 6, 2014 at 9:59 am - Reply


  17. Andrew Smith January 6, 2014 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Superb. Plus your comment.

  18. willem deleye January 6, 2014 at 11:51 am - Reply


  19. Toni T January 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    look at all those stars !!! this is what i miss about the country…..

  20. Shashwat Tripathi February 6, 2014 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    OMG.. I have never seen that much of starts in the sky. It seems hard for me take it as a true picture

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