Ralph Bridgland  

Milky Way by Ralph Bridgland

September 2023 - Milky Way

About the Image(s)

Unfortunately, I am unable to locate the original of this photo so I will try to recreate it verbally. This photo of the Milky Way was taken mid-August at a "dark sky" location near my home. It was shot with a Sony A7iii with lens at 18mm, 20 seconds at f2.8 and ISO 1600. A member of the group I was with placed a small flashlight in the shack to the left to give the image a foreground. Another individual was in the foreground pointing two flashlights skyward. I removed that person to make the lights appear to be coming from a distance. I used dehaze and lowered the shadows to get the black foliage.The fluorescent glare above the trees is from across Lake Ontario (Cleveland).

4 comments posted

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
A great image and so lucky to get the milky way in all it's glory!!
Good idea to light the inside of the shed on the left to give the foreground a bit of interest. Having the two torchlights going up as if to join the milky way was a good idea. I think it would have been a good shot even without them.
Only slight niggle is that it looks as if the shed is going to topple over at any moment!! Perhaps it was!!!   Posted: 09/01/2023 10:39:51

Rose Norman   Rose Norman
You captured the Milky Way very well. The light inside the shed and the two streams add to the image and gives it added interest.
I agree with Angela - that the shed looks like it was toppling over. Perhaps straightening it in Photoshop or Nik Perspective would improve the image.   Posted: 09/01/2023 13:04:36

Janet McLaughlin   Janet McLaughlin
Fantastic image of the Milky Way! Lucky you to live near a dark sky area! I like that the shack is slightly lit and the two beams seem to be pointing to the Milky Way. I wouldn't change a thing! I think it's a beautiful shot!   Posted: 09/07/2023 18:29:22

Randall Gusdorf   Randall Gusdorf
Well done of the Milky Way, and well done to add the lights and very creative endeavor. I would only suggest the bottom have more as it feels cramped, and it is a bit distorted. I do really like the lights.   Posted: 09/10/2023 08:54:56


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