Milky Way over Lake Mary, Flagstaff - AZ - Perseids Meteor Shower
27 second exposure
Canon Rebel XTi
Sigma 15mm Fisheye
*NOT A COMPOSITE IMAGE - ONLY ONE EXPOSURE*
Taken the night before the Perseids Meteor Shower peaks. What is amazing is that the glow below is from Phoenix. Phoenix is over 150 miles away and the light pollution reaches all the way to Flag.
I have received a lot of comments asking what was my process for this shot. First things first - Tripod and cable release. I set up the camera on my tripod and aimed it south (the glow is the city of phoenix as stated above). From there, I adjusted my settings to make sure as much light as possible could hit the sensor (high iso and ap 2.8). Then the never ending focus cycle begun. The infinity mark on cameras does not give you sharp stars as this mark changes due to the conditions you are shooting in. So, set it to Infinity, take a shot, review it, and change the focus ever so slightly and repeat until the stars are crisp. And there you have it! Post processing was very very simple on this shot. The main thing was editing the exposure curve in photoshop to bring out the Milky Way a little more (Flagstaff is a Dark Sky City, which means our light pollution is almost none - check out flagstaffdarkskies.org/idsc.htm for more). Other than that, photoshop editing was only tiny adjustments to please my OCD.
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