Fall is officially here and the trees are already starting to turn in northern New England! It won’t be long now before the forests and mountains will be ablaze with color. Here’s one of my favorites from last year, the Milky Way over a pond in Vermont. The yellow glow is light pollution from Burlington. I was literally standing at the edge of a tall and very steep cliff with an immediate drop off. It’s one thing to stand here in the day, you can see the edge of the cliff and the woods below and you have that eerie feeling that keeps you from getting too close to the edge. But at night you can’t see how steep the drop off is, so no eerie feeling kicks in…be careful where you step!
Nikon D810A and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, at f/2.8 and 14mm. This is a blend of 10 images for the sky and 2 images for the foreground. The 10 images were shot at ISO 10,000 for 10 seconds each and stacked with Starry Landscape Stacker to produce a result with pinpoint stars and low noise. A single foreground shot at ISO 1600 for 15 minutes was used to capture detail in the foliage and mountains, and another shot at ISO 12,800 for 25 seconds (a “backup” shot for my sky in case the star stacking didn’t work out) was used for the reflection in the lake. The 25 second shot had a good reflection in the lake when it wasn’t windy, so I used just the lake from that shot.
To learn more about my Milky Way photography editing techniques check out my written tutorials and videos on my website: www.adamwoodworth.com