Stargazing – Photographing the night sky

Stargazing – Photographing the night sky

Last week, We had a storm move through and it reduced the humidity in the air, and cleared all the clouds away. Perfect time to get out at night and photograph the night sky.

I met up with a friend, and we ran out to shoot. We picked a location with a view of the southwest horizon, and headed out as soon as the sun set. I used Stellarium [ http://www.stellarium.org/ ] to find the approiate time and position of the Milky Way, and I used Dark Sky finder [ http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/ ] to find the level of light pollution levels. Both are free to use and will work on virtually any platform (windows, mac, linux).

Once we arrived at the location we shot for about an hour until the moon came up. Once the moon was up over the horizon the extra light made it very difficult to see any details in the Milky way,  so we packed up and called it a night.

Milky Way rising over a county road in baxter county, Arkansas. Benjamin King Photography

This image is created by using 3 separate exposures blended together. The Sky was a 45 second exposure, the cliffs were 30 seconds with 3 full power bursts from my flash, and the foreground was 30 seconds with one burst from the flash at 1/64 th power.

Star Gazing

Milky Way rising over a county road in baxter county, Arkansas. Benjamin King Photography

Milky Way rising over a county road in baxter county, Arkansas. Benjamin King Photography

Milky Way rising over a county road in baxter county, Arkansas

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