Exploring NIKKOR Lenses: Mongolia – AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR

What struck me most about Mongolia
is its wide-open spaces. It’s been amazing, to see all these colours
spread out across this massive landscape. In thinking about how
best to capture this, I knew that I need to choose a lens that I could have with me from golden hour
through sunset, all the way to the evening sky. For this reason, the AF-S NIKKOR 16–35mm f/4G ED VR will be the perfect lens to capture these breathtaking
colours of this landscape. OK, right now I have a shutter speed of 1/125,
an aperture of 5.6 and an ISO of 400. What settings do I have to
change when the night sky comes? This lens has
something on it called VR, which is Vibration Reduction,
so we can turn that on, so when we’re shooting at
golden hour and sunset, we can shoot handheld. But when it gets later in the evening,
we want to turn Vibration Reduction (VR) off, and put our cameras onto a tripod,
and then we can have longer exposures. We’re going to have to change our strategy. For the night sky shots,
we must use a tripod. It’s not possible to hold a camera still
for as long as we need our shutter to be open, so we have to use a tripod. OK, so we’re getting set now for the night sky,
and to be able to shoot stars over our camp site. So what I’ve got is the Nikon MC-36 Remote Cord, and this little device is neat, because the
camera’s default to shooting only 30-second exposures. What this lets me do is increase that exposure
beyond 30 seconds, using the bulb setting. I think for this scene, we’ll start
with an exposure time of about 40 seconds, and see how the composition
and exposure goes. So now, what we have to do
is just wait for the stars. Let’s take a look.


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