My Huawei P30 Professional arrived at 4:30 pm on April sixth, and I knew the evening sky in Mersing can be superb for me to check out this low-light beast. I had learn quite a lot of good opinions on P30 Professional, however I used to be nonetheless skeptical, so I booked a room at my common resort on the identical day and drove three hours to get there.
I arrived at midnight and waited patiently for two.5 hours earlier than I whipped out my P30 Professional and took a snapshot of my resort. Lo and behold! The Milky Method was seen!
To be trustworthy, I didn’t anticipate it to be really easy! All I did was to level and shoot handheld in Photograph mode (Grasp AI enabled mechanically) and let P30 Professional carry out its magic. Lots of my buddies requested me what I did to the picture, and a few even thought I had brightened it, however nope! I did nothing. Nothing in any respect. Listed here are extra pictures of my makes an attempt, handheld and unedited.
I additionally determined to attempt taking pictures star trails with it, and I’m proud of the consequence. I needed to cease the shoot after round 32 minutes as a result of I noticed a automobile handing over.
I’ve additionally tried taking pictures the Milky Method in Night time Mode however the picture high quality is inferior to these taken in Photograph mode.
After I proved to myself that Milky Method could be photographed handheld with my Huawei P30 Professional in Mersing, Malaysia, I satisfied myself that it might be price bringing the smartphone on my astrophotography journey to Mount Bromo from Could third by way of sixth. And since I feel capturing Milky Method and auroras with it’s a little too mainstream now, I made a decision to try to see if I might seize faint meteors and produce a near-DSLR high quality Milky Method pictures with it so I can fill my digital camera bag with snacks as an alternative.
I’ve captured many Eta Aquarid meteors with my trusty DSLR at Bromo over the previous eight years however I haven’t executed any but with a smartphone, so it might be a primary for me.
Whereas my buddies had been busy organising their DSLRs, I used to be busy organising my P30 Professional on my tripod (which didn’t take lengthy). You is perhaps questioning why I didn’t attempt to shoot the meteors handheld. Effectively, photographing the meteors is not like photographing the Milky Method, for apparent causes. I don’t know when and the place the Eta Aquarid meteors will seem and so I’ve to mount my P30 Professional on a tripod as I can’t maintain it with my fingers all evening.
So, I put in an app referred to as Intervalometer and activated it, inflicting my P30 Professional to maintain taking pictures in line with the publicity time and interval I set. At round 4:33 am on Could fifth, a faint Eta Aquarid meteor lastly appeared above the energetic volcano, Mount Bromo, throughout the blue hour earlier than dawn and my almighty P30 Professional managed to seize it! I used its ultra-wide angle lens on Professional mode (ISO 3200 and shutter pace 30s) to do the job.
The brilliant “star” close to the Galactic Heart of the Milky Method is definitely the planet Jupiter. The sunshine air pollution under the fog got here from the jeeps making their option to the height to catch the gorgeous dawn.
It’s extraordinarily noisy, nevertheless it’s by no means a difficulty to me as a result of most unprocessed astro pictures are noisy anyway. So I took 20 pictures taken with P30 Professional and stacked them to cut back the noise and you’ll see the consequence under. It’s superb.
Now, that is acceptable to me contemplating that I’ve solely used 20 pictures to denoise it. I didn’t take away the little vegetation under in order to indicate you that the picture was taken from the identical spot because the noisy picture above. And right here’s the ultimate denoised picture
The faint Eta Aquarid meteor isn’t within the picture now, and that’s as a result of I used the ‘median’ stacking mode — an object that’s shifting and solely seen in a single body will probably ‘vanish’. Any object that’s not shifting or shifting very slowly, like the sunshine air pollution from the jeeps under the fog, will probably stay there.
Total, I discover the astrophotography pictures from P30 Professional to be acceptable, however I might nonetheless choose to make use of a DSLR for a critical shoot. However then once more, the very best digital camera is the one you have got with you.
In regards to the writer: Justin Ng is an award-winning photographer based mostly in Singapore. The opinions expressed on this article are solely these of the writer. His work has been printed in publications equivalent to BBC, CNN, Nationwide Geographic, Yahoo!, House.com, EarthSky, and UniverseToday. Yow will discover extra of his work on his web site, Fb, Twitter, and Instagram. This text was additionally printed right here and right here.