Don MacKenzie  

Milky Way by Don MacKenzie

October 2019 - Milky Way

October 2019 - Don MacKenzie


About the Image(s)

Shot at Black Bear State Park in north Georgia at an elevation of about 3500 feet at about 10 p.m. Didn't think about taking a pic. of the milky way until I looked over my should and there it was. It doesn't show itself every evening so early; many times as late as 4 a.m. Shot in RAW, f 5.6, 25 sec. exposure, ISO 3200 at 18 mm. The "After" photo was adjusted by changing the temperature to 4850, exposure reduced and luminance set at 100. Changed photo to JPEG and then reduced the mid-range layer slider, increased brightness and contrast and sharpened with High Pass

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9 comments posted

Nice capture Don. I can't tell if the stars are a bit blurry but I think 25 sec is right on the edge where star movement from the Earth's rotation causes blurring.
I found the rule for this is 600/focal length. So, 600/18 equals 33 sec. Some say to use 500/L which would give 28 sec. So, the short story is you're okay for star sharpness! :)
For me, the brightness of the branches over powers the stars and the Milky Way.   Posted: 10/09/2019 16:47:31
Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
I agree about the brightness. I might have been able to tone-down the brightness with a ND filter. Didn't have one with me.   Posted: 10/10/2019 10:35:30

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I always marvel at photographers who can capture an image like this. The Milky Way is handled very well and I love the dark blue of the sky rather than black. Unfortunately, the bright tree takes my eye away from it. I would suggest cropping it out, as I don't think it adds anything. I wish you had been able to capture a little lower in the sky to get the bottom of the constellation and maybe a little of the ground. As it is, is excellent, however.   Posted: 10/10/2019 13:43:18
Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Many of the milky-way photos I have seen include trees, rocks, etc. to provide a reference point. My trees don't do a very good job. As for getting a lower shot, the milky-way had risen only this far. Later, past my bed time, it would rise more. Depending on the time of year, sometimes it will not rise fully above the horizon.   Posted: 10/11/2019 12:08:21
Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
By a "lower shot", I meant to include something from the ground as a reference. The placement of the Milky Way in the sky is fine.   Posted: 10/12/2019 10:10:29

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
The tree does pull the eye away from he subject but it also provides a frame of reference. I assume that is the Milky Way that looks a lot like camp-fire smoke. I really don't know anything about sky photography.   Posted: 10/10/2019 16:29:30
Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
See "Reply" above.   Posted: 10/11/2019 12:11:11

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
me too, don't know anything about sky photography, I withheld my comments. Just evaluate the image frame as it is presented, tree on the right much brighter than the left half image of sky.   Posted: 10/16/2019 14:00:42

Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
I have rarely taken photo in Milky way and it is extraordinary to me to have such opportunity. The blue sky and yellow trees are very nicely contrasted and framed in the picture.   Posted: 10/24/2019 02:00:49