Cindy Bilinsky  

Summer Milky Way by Cindy Bilinsky

September 2021 - Summer Milky Way

September 2021 - Cindy Bilinsky


About the Image(s)

Astro modified Canon 6D
Sky Tracker
Sigma 14mm lens
ISO 4000
75 sec.exposure

For September's image I chose to shoot the Milky Way before our season ends for 2021. I took into consideration the comments on my first astro image as I composted and captured the Milky Way galactic core.

I was fortunate to have clear skies and the wind cooperated and kept the smoke from the Canadian fires out of the sky. I set my Sky Tracker on Polaris and my longitude and latitude for my location. The core rose at 10:30 PM and the moon set at 11:30 PM so I started shooting at 11:15 PM to get my foreground. The moon was a 44% waxing crescent and had set behind the trees so there was little light interference from the moon. I started shooting the Milky Way after the moon set and was happy to see I was able to capture the Northern Cross.

For post-processing I used 4 images, stacked and blended. I imported into Lightroom and made the initial WB and color adjustments then exported to Photoshop. I used Nik's Color Effex then back into Photoshop to blend and merge layers.

6 comments posted

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
I like this much better than last month's image. I don't know much about your shooting system so can't comment there. Your processing looked like it worked for you. I Like the foreground of trees but they are still a little bright for my taste. That's just a personal preference on my part. Good work.   Posted: 09/09/2021 11:27:18
Cindy Bilinsky   Cindy Bilinsky
Richard I agree with your comment about the trees. I was focusing on soley improving my Milky Way image and sacrificed my foreground. I am recovering from a broken foot and couldn't hike far for a better foreground but wanted to change a few things about how i shot and processed the Milky Way before this Milky Way season ended.

I will be working on improving full images in the future but needed to focus on improving a couple of things with the Milky Way.   Posted: 09/09/2021 11:38:42

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Like last month, you did a great job of processing the image. Just for fun I tried a few things to make the foreground trees less distracting and, to me, make the image look more balanced. Cropped top and bottom, reversed Milky way to climb from left to right. Just for fun in Lightroom. Thanks   Posted: 09/11/2021 07:39:12
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Cindy Bilinsky   Cindy Bilinsky
I do like the color correction on the trees. The darker greens brings the sky and foreground together better. I also like the tighter crop on the sky.

Within the Astro photography world I would be highly criticized for changing the orientation of the milky way. The challenge becomes a balance of artist creativity, correctness and good technical execution.For me, therein lies the difference between a "snapshot" and a well thought out photographic image

Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate your work on the image and thoughtful comments.   Posted: 09/11/2021 08:28:47
Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Well, just tell those astro folks that's the way God would have oriented the Milky Way if she had been a photographer! ;)   Posted: 09/13/2021 12:16:08
Cindy Bilinsky   Cindy Bilinsky
That's funny. You are right though. Sometimes being creative means we break the "rules" whatever those are. That's what being an artist is about.   Posted: 09/13/2021 12:19:55


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