"The Milky Way Wizard in the Keys"
I have been organizing trips to the Florida Keys to shoot the night sky for 1.5 years. Starting out with a cheap Canon t5 and 14mm Rokinon I did my first shots in the Keys in January 2016. I then joined the huge astro and deepsky photography gathering called Winter Star Party and it really changed my brain rewiring it for visual arts (namely night sky photography and nature photography). Those people there were the true pioneers of the night sky photography in the Keys long before me (they just came there to experience the night sky during the winter, when everything else was freezing and not withing reach due to latitudes). However they never had a purpose of really exploring and exposing the Keys like I have done over this time. For some time I didn't see many shots of the night sky in the Keys, but things have changed. I see more and more people coming to the Keys and producing wonderful & quality works. Dry Tortugas have seen some professional photographers shooting from inside the fort, Bahia Honda Key gets more and more love. I do feel a bit of jealousy, but hey, the Keys don't belong to myself. They are for everyone and I encourage people to visit and experience the Southernmost Florida dark skies. Join the Winter Star Party. Get to know those wonderful magicians, talk to them, find out where they come from. They are really wonderful people. For me it's time to step down from organizing those trips for a while and let other people explore on their own and shoot things I have not yet explored and produce fresh shots. I will concentrate on bigger projects and will visit the keys again when I complete those.
Location: 7 Mile Bridge (west end)
Exif: d810, Sigma 20mm, f-1.8, iso-5000, 49s sky, 21s earth.