Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA  

Milky Way Beach - Indian Shores Beach by Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA

August 2020 - Milky Way Beach - Indian Shores Beach

About the Image(s)

How I did it”Betty Sue and I are fortunate to have friends that own a condo on the Gulf, a 10 minute drive from our home. Since the Pandemic all parking alcoves, leading to Gulf beach access have been blocked to car traffic and street parking is very limited. Our goal on July 22nd was to see and photograph the Comet, using the beach as foreground. Too much low cloud cover close to the horizon, prevented us from seeing Neowise. Since there was no Moon we decided to stay and attempt to shoot the Milky Way. While shooting we were treated to a 40 minute lightening show. My image “Milky Way Beach-Indian Shores Beach” displays lightening on the horizon and a sliver of the beach was lit up by overhead lightening making for an unusual image. Timing and luck were everything in making that image. My tools for the evening were a Canon 5D Mark 111 coupled with a Canon f2.8 L 16 to 35mm lens. All were mounted on a sturdy tripod with the use of a manual release to prevent me touching the camera. My settings were f2.8, 800 ISO, 25 sec. exposure @ 16 mm. It appears Coved will be apart of our lives for an extended period of time. Don’t let this prevent you from shooting. There are many subjects waiting to be photographed. Be careful, practice social distancing and mask up where needed then keep on shooting. Be well and stay safe.

4 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Erik, as you; I was unable to see the comet Neowise after three attempts: clouds, very bright sky (light contamination). Anyway, this image is unusual for the effect produced by the lightning on the sea shore. It looks like it is on fire. The Milky Way complements and makes the image. I like your oblique vantage point. Your 25 seconds exposure was long enough to give you the full sky and the Milky Way, but not long enough to create strikes on the stars. On my monitor the image has a very strong magenta hue. Patience pays off.   Posted: 08/02/2020 07:52:54

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Well done Erik for getting out to take this picture. I have never photographed the Milky Way so this one might give me a push to go out and try sometime. The Milky Way stands out nicely and that little patch of cloud to the left of it adds some additional interest. The light on the beach from the overhead lightning fills in the foreground.   Posted: 08/02/2020 08:46:53

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Just beautiful. Red water is striking.   Posted: 08/06/2020 00:10:55

Joseph Hearst   Joseph Hearst
I haven't dared to go out shooting, since the interesting places are some distance away and I no longer have a car. I too have never tried the Milky Way, and I think your idea of getting it with interesting color on the beach.   Posted: 08/11/2020 13:08:06


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