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Roadside Milky Way | by PdXBenedetti
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Roadside Milky Way

The first night of the weekend was exceptionally clear, I had thought about going into Goblin Valley to do some shooting, but figured since I shot in the park last year I'd try and find a new composition to shoot this year. This large rock formation is literally right next to the highway so I decided to stop here and take some shots. First thing that happened? Headlamp broke. Then my compass broke, lol, inauspicious start to say the least. Luckily @spencerbawdenphotography decided to meet up with me and he had a spare headlamp I could use for the weekend. We both had some led light panels so we used them to illuminate the rocks and started shooting.


This is a 15 shot pano, 10 for the sky, 5 for the foregrpund, all taken back to back with my Nikon D600 (full spectrum modified) and Sigma Art 35mm lens on a Sky Watcher Star Adventurer tracking mount. Sky shots were 1 minute exposures at f2 and ISO 1600, foreground exposures were 2 minute exposures at ISO 800 and f2.

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Taken on April 22, 2017