I guess this post qualifies as a Photography Tips post as I will be sharing my shot info.
Last night I went out to pick up a coffee at Starbucks. On my walk back I looked up (I do that a lot) and was intrigued at how cool my naked trees looked against the sky.
I ran inside and grabbed my camera. When I aimed at the trees and the sky I could barely see anything through the viewfinder. Focusing was pretty much a wild guess as there was no light to speak of. I guessed on my exposure, took a shot and checked the photo on the screen. It was too dark. I didn't want to increase the ISO, which I had set to 1250. So I opened up the aperture (f1.4) and slowed the shutter speed to 0.3 sec...with no tripod, as in handheld, while shooting upward. Also, it was below freezing. Don't try this at home.
I love handheld slow shutter speeds. I've been doing it since I started shooting years and years ago. I'm pretty happy with the results of my efforts and will likely be out there a few more times while I'm here. And I will be searching out more night shoots wherever I am.
I've put the details of each shot below for any one who might be interested.
There was digital darkroom manipulation with the exposure, contrast and color balance on the first two photographs. And I converted the last shot to black and white. There was no image retouching. There was a small crop (less than a half inch) on the bottom and right side of the Orion image to get rid of a fir tree top that did not please me.
Sorry for bragging about my handheld abilities. I hope the photography Gods will forgive me.