Parc National Jacques Cartier - Astrophotography

Had a great time at the Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier this weekend :)

I shot this on my new Nikon Z6 with the new Nikon Z 50mm S-Line lens. In order to get this shot, I looked for the darkest place in the sky where there was no skyglow from Quebec City (which this park is less than 30KM from!

I find that the best way to capture the Milky Way galaxy and all of the stars that you can't even see with the naked eye is to shoot at a very, very low aperture number. So I set my lens to f / 1.8 and my shutter to stay open for a whole 25 seconds so that my sensor had as much time as possible to capture the light from the stars without having them visibly trail in the sky.

In order to capture this much light from such a faint source of light (the stars), I tend to boost my ISO up to anywhere from 2000 to 5000 depending on how dark it is. In this case, I set my ISO to 3200 and was very happy with the results.

With my eyes, I could just barely see the mountain as it sat in almost perfect darkness, which is why it photographed so beautifully with the stars in just one exposure.