Milky Way over Norfork River

  We took a road trip to Norfork, Ar to capture the Milky Way rising in the southern sky a few weeks ago. I was really happy with how this one turned out. I was using a Canon 5d and a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 ( i used a simple nikon-to-canon converter to use the lens, however, you loose auto-aperture and auto-focus functions). Exposure was 30 seconds at 2.8 iso1600.   Here is another one, similar shot – just a different...
Abandoned Truck near Mountain Home, Ar

Abandoned Truck near Mountain Home, Ar

I pass by this old truck on my way to work everyday. I thought it would make an interesting foreground for a picture that included the Milky Way, however from it’s location I would get too much light pollution from Mountain Home.  After I looked up the relative positions of the truck and where the Milky Way is, I scrapped the idea of this shoot. But, everyday I drive right by it and think, that would be a cool shot. So, I ended up shooting a 35 min exposure with the northern sky in the frame. Here is how I did it. I use dark sky finder ( http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/ ) to find where we need to set up and shoot. then I use an app callled stellarium http://www.stellarium.org/ to find all of the relevant info about the night sky that i will need to plan the shoot. it will tell you when the moon is up, where the milky way will be etc. it is a great app. For the actual shoot, we set up about an hour after dark, tripod mount your camera ( for me it was a 5dmkiii). I used a intervolometer to trigger my camera. It was a 30 second exposure at f8 at iso8000 ( i was testing out the 5d3 high iso settings). Then I set the intervolometer to take a picture for 30 seconds and then pause for 1 second, and repet for 35 min.It was quite cold that night , in the 40’s I beleive, and my lens started fogging up near the end. If I had brought my hand warmers I could have kept...