Milky way to McWay falls

Equipment Info
-4906891/1000000 sec. / ISO 3200
Nearest Area
Julia Pfeiffer State park
Big Sur

Finding a beautiful foreground to showcase the milky way is a challenge that many of us landscape photographers seek actively every year. So when a coastal waterfall happens to line up with the galactic core it offers a tremendous photographic opportunity. I had been trying to get this shot for a few years. Each time I made the trip down to the coast the coastal fog would be so thick that all of the foreground would be blanketed by it. On the day I took this shot, I drove over after a long days work to try my luck once more. The weather looked promising when I first started out, but when I arrived 3 hours later at my destination the sky was completely overcast. Frustrated and exhausted I pulled over to the side of the road and decided to rest and without realizing it I fell asleep. As luck would have it, when I awoke hours later it was to a clear sky. For a second I thought it was a dream. I grabbed my gear and ran down to the spot that best showcases the waterfall. I first shot the milky way with 25-30 second exposures. Once that was done, I started working on the foreground. Each visual element was light painted and exposed for several minutes with the longest being 4 min. The multiple exposures were subsequently blended in photoshop. That night was a truly unforgettable experience which taught me to not give up trying and that sometimes you just have to wait for the shot to come to you.

Date Added
August 6, 2017
Date Taken
August 6, 2017