Photographing the Milky Way

At first, I was just focused on capturing the Milky Way. So, I spent some time adjusting the ISO and shutter speed settings. After I was confident in my settings, I turned to aligning the Milky Way with the various foreground shadows. In my case, I was surrounded by a ring of trees, so this shot ends up with the tip of the trees on three sides of the photo.

And, instead of the Milky Way streaking across the sky, in this shot, it appears almost flame-like. A bit hard to keep this all straight in the middle of the dark field, but take a lot of different photos and sort it all out later. From the comfort of home, I noticed that there’s a bit more color in the wide end of the Milky Way. Something to keep in mind next time.

Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 3200, 14mm, f/2.8, 30.0 sec

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