Capturing fire dancer Jay at Guyam island.
Recently I took a time lapse at Guyam island (a beautiful small deserted island 2 miles from Siargao island) with the Milky Way in the background. A few weeks before I took long exposure photos of a local fire dancer, Jay. Looking at both and thinking of ways to make it even better, I came up with the idea to put them together and thus take Jay to Guyam during a moonlight light.
Two nights ago we went with a bunch of friends to Guyam for the shoot. I turned out impossible to get both the milky way and the fire exposed correctly in 1 shot because of the enormous light difference, so the result of the fire dancer with Guyam in the background is a composite image.
How I created the images
A lot of people have been asking me how I do this and what gear I use. First of all, planning is essential, there are not many opportunities to capture the milky way and then the weather needs to be right. I use the Photopills app to plan the Milky Way’s position and time. Set up with a sturdy tripod, use you lowest aperture, a 20-30 sec exposure and set you iso to 1600-3200.
Test for best results, it all depends on your camera and lenses and the situation in which you are shooting. Generally they are quite the same though and will vary in between what I mentioned above. The gear you use doesn’t matter as much as you’d think. Any DLSR will do, and even a good compact. Sure, the better your equipment the better the result will be, but knowing your gear and postprocessing is so much more important. Just go for it and you’ll get amazing results.
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