Hatteras Lighthouse in June:
I knew I had to get a pano of the Hatteras light, since it was February when I visited it for the first time. I prefer it when the light is stuck. I made this the 2nd site that night. The deer poop trail was the first site.
6d, Tamron 15-30 @23mm portrait, iso 10000, f2.8, 15secs. 8 frame pano each 7 shots stacked.
Milky Way season is underway! I spent the last week in Kauai, basking in it's amazing landscapes and dark, starry nights. It is amazing how you can be out in complete darkness with nothing but the night sky above you. Have you been out to see the Milky Way yet?
The skies over the Space Coast and Central Florida were quite clear this (Tuesday) morning, and the Moon was generally cooperative in setting at 12:52am, which made it a great morning for Milky Way hunting.
I wanted to head further inland to try some new locations, but in the interest of getting at least *some* sleep, I stuck with the nearby Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area and was not disappointed.
I had settled on a spot where the road led perfectly in the direction of Mars (low, bright and to the left of center), but a few minutes after I arrived some ground fog moved in, so I went in further to this location for a few quick shots.
Despite the fog .25 miles behind me, the air was very clear (normally, the flashlight would be refracted through the humidity) and it was just a lovely scene.
For the technical details, this is my first time using Canon's in-camera long-exposure noise reduction feature. I confess that I'm not really sure it helped, especially because I was using a shorter exposure time (10-seconds vs. 25-seconds). But this was shot at ISO5000, 10-seconds and f2.8 with a Canon 5D4 and a Rokinon 12mm full-frame fish-eye lens. Edits were done in Lightroom, Dfine2 (more noise reduction) and then Photoshop (removal of a short airplane streak).
(Photo by Michael Seeley)
This was the last of 4 sites I shot the Milky Way in the Outer Banks last week. I choose this particular site because it's the darkest site available on the east coast, I think. Bortle 2 looking into bortle 1 with a little light pollution to the North from Salvo and that's a storm lightning up the bottom right corner. This is off road beach access number 27 for those who are interested. It sits in a little patch of grey that touches the Outer Banks from Salvo to Avon if you look at it on the darksitefinder map. At this site I shot this pano, some 30mm core stacks and a short timelapse of the North arm of the Milky Way. I'm very grateful for another successful Outer Banks Milky session.
6d, Tamron 15-30, 15mm, f2.8, 20secs, iso8000
9 frames stitched and each frame 7 shots stacked with sequator
final edits done in Lightroom and only used Alyn Wallaces new presets, nothing else. This is my first time testing them and they rock!
For just in case you're not sure what the focus of this photo was, love it when things line up perfectly without needing to try too hard👍. ****************************************** 📷 Fujifilm XT-20 with Samyang 12mm
A few photographers shooting at Valley of Dreams under the guidance of Landscape Astrophotographer, @wayne_pinkston (rigging the key light), in the Badlands of New Mexico.————
I climbed a small butte about 100 yards away from the group, opting to shoot this 16 exposure stitched panorama with the Sony Sonnar 55mm (Zeiss). This is a case when I felt an ultra wide wouldn’t do the trick in order to capture the full scope of the area while still being able to include a modest amount of detail of the structures. I wanted to include the human element to show scale, and my elevated vantage point assisted me in being able to shoot at the desired angle, showcasing the depth and vastness of the other-worldly location.——————
I had to climb up on this thing to demonstrate a sense of scale. I knew this wreckage wouldn’t be small but I wasn’t prepared for it to be this massive. It was truly insane to be able to walk up to this stuff and climb around. A headlamp was definitely needed when exploring though. I almost tripped on debris a few times. ∞