Late Season Milky Way on the Coast of Maine

Late season Milky Way over the coast of Maine. The green color in the sky is from airglow, a natural phenomenon that occurs all over the globe. See this link for more details. The orange color on the right side of the image is from light pollution reflecting off the thin cloud cover. Jupiter is the large bright object between the trees in the mid-right of the frame. Saturn is the smaller bright object just above center frame to the left of the Milky Way.

This was taken on the last photography workshop that I taught this year (2019). Stay tuned for future workshop announcements! I also offer video tutorials that teach how I edit photos like this, and I have a free ebook that covers the basics of what you need to know to get started with landscape astrophotography.

Nikon Z 7, FTZ lens adapter with NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @ 14mm. As with almost all my Milky Way landscape photos this a blend of multiple exposures for low noise and depth of field. The sky is a star stacked result from 20 exposures at f/2.8, ISO 3200, 8 seconds each which were stacked in Starry Landscape Stacker (Mac only but you can use Sequator on Windows) for low noise. The foreground is from two separate 10 minute exposures each at f/2.8 and ISO 1600 with different focus distances to capture more depth of field. The star stacked sky image and the two foreground images were then blended in Photoshop to create a final image with low noise and and good focus from the foreground to the stars.

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