Shooting the Milky Way: My New Mission
Friday, August 21, 2015
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Shooting the Milky Way: My New Mission

Everyone should have a bucket list right.  I have a photo bucket list.  Shoot the perfect storm with the perfect lightning bolt, shoot Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon, amazing wildlife on an African safari...just to name a few.  

Recently I had an idea to shoot the milky way.  Sounds easy right?  Well just like getting other perfect images there are a few tricks to it.  First there needs to be a nice clear sky with little to no light pollution coming from nearby cities or the moon.  So basically it needs to be darker than dark out.  Next you must have the right equipment (a tripod, a fast lens, a camera that can shoot high ISO) because you are going to need to do a long exposure. 

So one night I checked the clear sky chart and found a nice dark area in the middle of nowhere.  It was quite a drive.  Luckily I was able to get a few pictures before clouds appeared and stared to block my visibility.  This image was one of my first attempts at shooting the milky way and I think it's ok but it has now become my photo mission to get that perfectly composed milky way shot.  I can't wait for the next dark, clear sky so I can check this one off my bucket list.   Stay tuned...

 

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