Go big or go home... literally for my first real Milky Way image of the year, this image in its native size is roughly 16x10...feet! (200”x125”) This was my first MW outing of the year, partly because I had been sick, partly because I sleep through my alarms regularly, so to assure I made it out, I just pulled an all nighter. I recently got a tracker so I went to a place I thought would be good and dark (it wasn’t) to learn how to use it. I got to learn and practice some, but nothing good to show for it. So, frustrated with the location, I decided to leave and go back to an old favorite.
I avoided Nubble last year as I shot it a ton when I was learning, but after a nice break, it felt good to go back. It’s fun to climb around the rocks looking for interesting compositions, but tricky when photographing for the stars because of the blaring red beacon ever 3 seconds. So I kept my exposures short, at 4 seconds to try and limit my exposure to the beacon, while popping in iso to bring in light for the stars. It was a fun first outing and can’t wait for more clear skies.
Nikon D810 with Sigma Art 35 firstname.lastname@example.org
231 shots at 5000iso@4 seconds
7images stacked per frame for 33 total frames