Brad Ashbrook  

Driftwood Under the Stars by Brad Ashbrook

November 2021 - Driftwood Under the Stars

About the Image(s)

Here is another photo from Jekyll Island Georgia back in September. This viewpoint is from St Andrews Beach which is on the SW side of the island. The Milky Way core is visible from March until October in the Northern Hemisphere. During the early months it is seen when viewing east, however at the end of the season it is very SW. The moon had set when this photo was taken but the viewpoint is facing more towards land and this caused the glow along the horizon. The clouds actually helped a little to limit the glow and the MW was still nicely visible. The driftwood was lit by a small LED to keep it from being entirely in silhouette. Basic edits were done in camera raw to exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites and clarity. Taken into Photoshop, enhanced the MW and did a little healing.

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6 comments posted

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Good Milky Way shot. I had to re-read your description to find out why the golden horizon. I wonder what the original looked like and/or one without the light painting.
I like the use of foreground figures. However, I might have cropped tighter and narrower to the base. That might have eliminated the tree to the left which I find distracting. I might have cloned out the two bright spots to the right on the horizon also.
It really is a great shot of the Milky Way. I can never stay up. Thanks for sharing.
  Posted: 11/06/2021 13:42:02

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
This is an interesting shot of the Milky Way in the night sky. The light from the mainland has lit up the clouds quite strongly, and has created the two small bright spots on the horizon. I like the lighting up of the driftwood, it has created a strong foreground. I would have preferred the bush on the left to have not been inclined in the shot.   Posted: 11/07/2021 04:50:59

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
I have never seen the Milky Way, but I hope to one day. Nice capture. I agree with Becca and Jon in that the tree on the left is a bit of distraction and I would have cropped or cloned it out. I would have tried to bring out the reflection in the water a bit more too.
  Posted: 11/07/2021 21:08:55

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Great Milky Way shot. I would play a bit with the tone of blue, perhaps a bit dark to bring out the stars more. I understand the golden horizon, and I like it, but this seems a bit too bright. I agree with everyone that the tree on the left is distracting. Although you have a nice reflection of the driftwood on the water, I would crop up from the bottom. There is an element of simplicity that is missing from this for me - I think too much is going on in the photo.   Posted: 11/17/2021 15:29:10

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
An interesting way to shoot the Milky Way. I particularly like the composition: the bare branches in the water reaching up to the Milky Way above. The LED certainly helped to expose those branches - great idea. I probably would have deleted the branches on the left, although they do not disturb the composition.   Posted: 11/22/2021 12:13:38

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
Good composition with the branches reaching up thru the light sky toward the vertical milky way.the foreground lighting did a good job of keeping the branches interesting
  Posted: 11/24/2021 03:55:06