Starry, starry night with a boatload of dust

Take a fairly modern digital camera under a dark nighttime sky with a wide-angled lens. Point the camera at the sky focused to infinity and set ISO 6400, 30 seconds at f2.8. Awesome wide-field star photograph results. Yawn. Having a brain is optional.

Unlike the typical digital camera scenario, taking a wide-field star photograph with a large format camera is a nightmare. Even after all of the preparation and work multiple things can go wrong during a six hour exposure - and we only find out after we have developed the film. Our most recent disappointment occurred when we failed to take into account Sahara dust on the horizon. Just our luck. We guess it's not too bad: it just looks a little weird.

Linhof 8x10 camera, Kodak TMY film.

Linhof 8x10 camera, Kodak TMY film.