4 image stitch of the april night sky shot around 5am 4/29/14 as predawn was beginning to light the eastern sky, the milky way galaxy appears to play hide and seek revealing itself giving a final glimpse of its colorful brilliance before fading as the new day begins. I chose to use the oak tree as a foreground subject in a way which lead the eye toward the night sky. As seen toward the right of the image, i chose to utilize my vehicles parking lights to illuminate the tree, making balancing the image rather difficult in processing but creates a plethora of dynamic range to the scene as a whole. If you look closely you may see 2 faint meteors and if you are an expert astronomer you will notice the planet Saturn just to the right of the constellation scorpius above the light dome on the horizon.
i like how things turned out for this image. It was the first image i shot of the milky way during the spring 2014 season of astrophotography. I sat on this project for awhile because i wasnt ready to bring the image to life fully but after some time and effort this is the result.