Has been too long since I spent any significant time under the stars, so when I saw that the peak of the Geminids meteor shower coincided with a day off I was pretty excited. I did a bunch of scouting and planning in the days leading up, ultimately choosing to head north for the dark skies as the Geminids radiant was forecast at just 22 degrees above the horizon at my location. It was so good getting under some really seriously dark skies and an amazing experience to see this cosmic fireworks in display. I initially thought I might get some sleep, but nope, they meteors were firing almost all night and had me completely captured.
Recently spent some time in Beechworth in North Western Victoria following the lifting of our second COVID-19 induced lock down. Not an ideal time of the lunar cycle for Milky Way photography with the moon at its brightest, however having so few opportunities to get out this year and being in a new place, I made the most of it anyway. Probably worked out for the best anyway as the illumination provided by the near full moon meant navigating my way around unfamiliar ground much easier. Would love to get back during a new moon during Milky Way season, some really spectacular foreground compositions to be found in this region.
Had opportunity a few months ago to get out under a new moon and give my new Sony 20mm f/1.8 prime lens a test and see how it stacked up against the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 which I had been using for quite a while. Both are awesome lenses with the Sigma is also noticeably brighter, however it has its faults. And that is heavy coma up in the corners which unfortunately do not clear up a great deal as you stop down the lens. It is this fault that had me very interested in the Sony 20mm option from the moment it was announced and in this video we take a bit of a look at how they compare. Finishing off the video is a time lapse taken over several hours using these two lenses on my A7S and A7R.