Milky Way Images…
Last night I tried something new with the help of my friend and fellow photographer, Angie Petty. I have been intrigued by what my friend Rene Lowery has shown of her night photography, especially her Milky Way shots. Angie and I met up at the Natchez Trace Bridge an hour before sunset to scout out some locations that would be promising given the position of the Milky Way. In case you don’t know, the Milky Way is visible in different parts of the night sky and at different times depending upon the time of the year. In October, we are at the tail end of the better time to see and shoot it. So, we made our way down the Trace and settled upon a stretch that had the Trace winding away from us and in line with the Milky Way. We confirmed the position of the Milky Way via different applications for the smartphones, Sky Guide and PhotoPills. We checked our gear and then waited. We had over 90 minutes until the time would be right. But, the right time did come and the it was beautiful to photograph. Below is my favorite of the bunch we shot from this location.
After shooting our fill from this location we headed back to the Natchez Trace Bridge. We decided that using the Bridge as a foreground element would provide a nice composition. It definitely did, but the light pollution from nearby Franklin and the passing cars hurt the visibility of the Milky Way. Having said that, I still like how the images came out.
I definitely enjoyed my first attempt at shooting the Milky Way and debating going out another night this week to try again. Thanks again to Angie and Rene for the assistance and education in shooting and post-processing the images.