5D II w/24mm 1.4
30 sec @ f1.8
3 shots panning upwards stitched and cropped to a square
There are an estimated 200 to 400 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy alone and it’s thought to be about 100,000 light years across. However, due to light pollution from the artificial lights and even other stars, we are prevented from seeing more that 1,000 light years away with the naked eye. Only 587,849,981,000,000,000,000,000 miles… what a shame!
Anyways, my goal with this shot was to show as many stars as possible. I attempted a 3- shot vertical pan stitch. Unfortunately, I lost a bit due to distortion and so I went with a square crop. This view is facing east and there’s only a mild green pollution. High clouds are also in this shot, it made the sky much more orange, but it also made for an awesome sunrise.
Processing: My main goal was to boost contrast and reveal individual stars. The star density is so great everything appears to blur together and hence the name Milky Way. I used curves to increase contrast and then levels to clip out “data-less” areas. I also de saturated red, yellow, and green slightly to take away some of the light pollution. Minor burning was performed to even out the stitching.
Some interesting research links:
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