Winter Milky Way Over Los Padres National Forest
Looking East as the Winter Milky Way sets in the early morning hours of February 25th. Various bright red areas of nebulosity are in the sky this time of year, as well as large wispy dark clouds of gas and dust. The major part of the season to view/image these winter gems is unfortunately ending as the next new Moon in March will be the last best opportunity to check it out. Not to fear of course there is the central Milky Way season approaching in late April until the fall and then Orion and it's pals will be back up for all to enjoy in the late fall and throughout next winter.
While capturing the individual images for this final result I had the pleasure of using David Lane's Reveal Focus Filter and it was a wonderful tool to dial in the focus for this image. It's particularly difficult to get fine focus for wide nightscape images and his focus filter makes achieving excellent focus a breeze. It's not surprising that Dave would make such a great focus filter, his images are some of the finest nightscape images out there, an inspiration to me when I was started capturing nightscape images.
For info on the Reveal Filter check out this page on his site, also be sure to check out his incredible images as well:
52 image panorama 15sec 10,000 ISO
Camera: Canon 6D Hutech Mod
Focus Filter: Reveal Filter by David Lane
Lens: Rokinon 35mm at f4.0
Processing: Photoshop CC, PTGui