Although we often shoot at 16mm or even 14mm at night to use longer exposures with minimal apparent "star drag" from the rotation of the earth, a tighter 20mm shot enables the Milky Way to nearly fill the sky. Our June workshops are so popular here, we're starting to include two nights to offer even more prime Milky Way shooting time.
After a wet winter and three days of rain showers, there was a nice puddle here for our first 2019 night photography workshop! Bodie State Historic Park is closed at night, but a limited number of photography workshops are allowed supervised access, to help raise money for building stabilization. In early June, the Milky Way rises flat along Bodie Bluff, above historic buildings and vehicles in this historic ghost town. America's best-preserved Wild West "ghost town", Bodie is arguably its most iconic location for photographers to shoot "rural decay" shots of historic buildings and abandoned vehicles in their most authentic state. To the degree possible, the entire town of 110 remaining buildings and countless artifacts has been maintained in a state of arrested decay since the 1960s.