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Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.

man-and-camera:

Hey! So I’ve received a bunch of questions asking how I take my star photos, so I’ve decided to make a post about it.

Basically to get the stars to be vibrant and not washed out, as well as the Milky Way to stand out brightly, you need several factors. Firstly, gear is actually very important in night photography.

As for gear, a good DSLR body, one which is capable of a high ISO without noise is vital. I shoot on 2500-3200 ISO. As for a lens, one which can go super wide, both in focal and in f/stop is just as important. I use a Canon L 20-35mm f/2.8, shot at 25 seconds on f/2.8 at 20mm focal.

When setting up your shot, you want to use the rule of 500. This is basically a simple rule to stop your stars being blurry due to the Earths rotation. Simply divide 500/your focal length. For example, since I shoot at 20mm, I do 500/20 = 25 seconds.

To get your shot in focus, you have two options. One, use your liveview and zoom in 10X on the brightest star you can find. Turn your focus to manual, and fiddle with it till the star is sharp. You’d think it’d be full back, but its not on most lens. Generally infinity is slightly back from full turn. Your other option is to crank the ISO to its highest settings, and take a photo, readjust the focus, and repeat till it’s right.

When planning a photo, location is crucial. I use cleardarksky.com to check weather, cloud clover and astronomical viewing for that night at that specific location. As well, I use the Dark Sky app on my iPhone to see the extent of light pollution surrounding the area I am. Pointing your lens in a direction of a big town, even if its 50+km away will affect your shot.

Finally, know which part of the night sky you’re shooting. For British Columbia during most of the summer, the Milkyway rises due south at approx. 11pm for an average estimate. It varies, but for most purposes that’s all I plan my shot on.  

Hope this helps!

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Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything.
A few years ago, I was down on my luck. Poor, sick, I felt like dying. Life was am endless loop of doctor’s visits, pain, waking up and making myself go back to sleep. I didn’t want to excist. I’d lay in bed and cry, because damn it, I wanted to eat food, any food, and my body wouldn’t allow it. This cycle went on for years. I had doctors tell me it was because of my gender, because my parents divorced, I was under a lot of stress with college and graduation approaching. I dropped 40 lbs. I felt fragile, like a twig, unhealthy, self conscious. I’d cry to doctors, “No, you don’t understand, I want to eat, I want to be around people, I’m tired of sleeping.” Finally someone took a chance and did surgery on me and they found that something was wrong. They took care of me, and then I got better. I began yoga and I slowly watched myself transform. I am now a phoenix rising from the ashes. I am strong, I am focused, I am brand new.

Sometimes you have to just let go. Stop holding on to expectations. Just because you can go deeper into a pose one day does not mean you have to go as deep or further the next. Stop and breathe, focus less on how deep you can go into a pose and focus more on clearing your mind, coming into your breath, and feeling good.

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pepprstark:

i formally apologize to anyone who knew me when i was 13

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kacsa:

beben-eleben:

Japanese Food Porn

the bear all tucked in!!!

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salvadordali-art:

The Elephants (Large), 1948

Salvador Dali

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A little sunset yoga to end my day. ❤

I don’t want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself.

#teekigirls @teekigram