Before I headed out to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, I tried to photograph the Milky Way from a block away from my home. I could catch a faint glimpse of the Milky Way, but that was about it. I took some test shots for practice and reference, then packed up my gear.
Turns out, the settings for photographing the night sky from the suburbs were not particularly helpful for more remote locations. So, I ended up shooting at different ISOs and shutter speeds throughout the night.
Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 3200, 16mm, f/2.8, 30.0 sec