Thanks for the kind words folks, just wish I'd had left my camera in one spot all night, and stayed a bit closer to sunrise. Next time!
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Great shot! Looks like you had some nice, dark skies. I would say 14mm is a great focal length for wide field night sky photography.
At the risk of being criticized by the landscape photo police, you should have tried turning the camera sideways...since you are saying you missed some meteors overhead.
The color temperature of your Milky Way indeed is far too cool, but since it was intentional, I suppose it's a valid take on it. I've seen this look before. It's quite a nice shot...certainly the blue hue is appealing and draws one into the image. Of course if it's shot in RAW you can tweak on the color temperature however you wish later on.
If you are saying this was your first night sky shot...like ever...WOW that's quite a good result, no doubts about that!! You're on your way. I envy your Yosemite visit. It is a very highly traffic'ed park, though. For good reason, of course.
Another factor in favor of Cokin for me is that I have lenses with 77mm, 67mm, 62mm, 58mm, and even 52mm with the new EOS M. With a Cokin P system, you can buy the filters once and get adapter rings for your lenses. They are a bit bigger than the screw in ones, but holy cow, you could go bankrupt buying good quality circular polarizers for your whole lens collection. With Cokin P, if you get a new lens with an odd filter ring size, your total cost to adapt your filters to it is a $20 ring.
One thing to consider is that the P series doesn't work with the widest angle lenses. I don't have a 16-35mm or 17-40mm, and I think they work down to about the widest on those lenses, but I am not sure about that.
The sigma 50 1.4 is...really big for a 50mm prime, has AF quality control issues and won't work with auto CA corrections.
@tiger82 - what's up with that hood on the 70-200/2.8? Hope you know it's too short to be of any real optical benefit...
The first and the last photos are AWESOME ... especially the first one, very unique fireworks.
The Fab-4, excellent!
I think the wife was a typo & he meant wifi. If so, Id be interested once the price settles down (although dual digic 6s would be more interesting). If its not a typo and somehow a new wife is included w/ da kit-I'll pass. Already have a couple of those & I'm not really interested in a replacement/upgrade right now.