Deep space, deep in the forest

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There are tons of photos of the Milky Way on its own, but I find that including the foreground gives a different perspective.
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Imagine that in this single frame you are looking at about half of the 200 billion stars (our Sun is one of them) in our Galaxy.

That is, if you were to count them and if you could do 100 a second (100, 200, 300, ...) it would take no less than 30 years to count them all!
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People are asking how to take photos like this, so here's how it was done;

1) The foreground is a several minute exposure with a 18mm lens, f/8, ISO 200.
2) The stars alone (and the meteor) is a vertical panorama, 3 shots at 18mm,f/5.6, ISO 800, 30sec (actually 5 of them stacked for noise reduction for every part of the panorama).
3) Finally, the Galaxy is a stitched panorama, made of 8 sets of 5 photos each, 50mm, f/1.8, 5sec ISO3200, with each set of 5 stacked for noise reduction.
The shutter speed is limited to around 5-7sec for a 50mm lens, so that stars don't register as circles due to Earth's rotation (and almost 30sec for wide angles), hence the high ISO used.
That's a total of 57 shots combined...

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  1. smokejumping 38 months ago | reply

    Amazing piece of Art, and thank you for the explanation on how you did it!

  2. evinella 31 months ago | reply

    Wow. This is absolutely gorgeous!

  3. Christina Ann VanMeter 29 months ago | reply

    That is a stunner!!! Awesome work!!!

  4. kal_is 27 months ago | reply

    Τρομερη !!!Απιθανη !!!

  5. cabe26 27 months ago | reply

    Hey, I just tried shooting the stars for my first time and would love for some critique and advice on my shot from an expert. Thanks so much for your time, and beautiful work!

  6. BlueisCoool 25 months ago | reply

    Very nice work - congrats on being explored !

  7. moJoe_sg1 25 months ago | reply

    Wow!! what a great composition! I have always wondered how these were done! Thanks for the description!

  8. Helping All In Need Donation Services 25 months ago | reply

    That picture is AMAZING! Good shot :)

  9. Mairi M Martin 23 months ago | reply

    Absolutely stunning image !

  10. BlueisCoool 22 months ago | reply

    Very nice capture - congrats!

  11. Ry∆_Niven 22 months ago | reply

    This shot is unreal, and Thanks for saying how you did it, I've been curious for a long while and been in areas that could have been good for night shots but never got much.

  12. R-Joy's Photos 22 months ago | reply

    Unique shot of Milky Way ... love it!

  13. Luca Libralato 21 months ago | reply

    Great job my friend!

  14. Philip Espinosa 20 months ago | reply

    excellent work! this is just simply stunning. very kind of you to share how you took this shot.

  15. ♥ Peg ♥Have a great day♥ 16 months ago | reply

    Amazing scenery .
    I wish you a nice Sunday.

  16. Talop* 15 months ago | reply

    Fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Howard Brodsky 3 months ago | reply

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