Within Reach

The bulge of the Milky Way Galaxy feels within reach in this composition captured at the IISAC2013 star party.

I think this is probably my favourite nightscape I’ve taken – I’m really happy with how it worked out, especially since the shot was planned. I envisaged it in my minds eye during the early evening, and then used SkySafari and the compass on my iPhone to work out whether the Milky Way would rise behind those set of now iconic trees at the Lostock Scout Camp – and once I knew the Milky Way would rise there, it was a matter of choosing the right lens, the right composition and the right exposure for the scene.

Canon 6D, Canon 50mm lens @ f/2.8, ISO4000, 30s exposure tracked using a Polarie.

Within Reach

Within Reach

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Some people commented how an image like this was even possible. But thanks to the 50mm lens, and looking ‘up’ the hill towards the trees, there was simply no light pollution down low. The top of the mountain is probably 10-15 degrees above the horizon.

I’ll post a full how-to including the unprocessed image out of the camera in the next few weeks.

Thanks for looking. Your comments and feedback are always welcome.

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10 Responses to “Within Reach”

  1. Larry Edelstein says:

    Good lord. It’s like an epic movie in a single frame. You should find a way to introduce yourself to Terrence Malik.

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  3. Kye says:

    This is beautiful-I’ve been seeing it everywhere, so it’s nice to find your blog!

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