Thought I'd share today's FB post..so after working on the wyoming milkyway photos, I went back to my utah bolder mail trail pix may 2018 where we were 'cowboy' camping (no tent), I woke up and saw the stars (JUST WOW!) so I just placed my my camera on my pack and pointed it up. very poor exposures, you can see the star trails, but I found this one and did a re-look, and after some work this morning, was able to recover this! Boy was I surprised!
this is from wyoming July 2021, 1am (38F, burrr) sony A6500, post production in lightroom, photoshop elements, and topaz denoise ai (what I've been working on this week)
@Philreedshikes those are great! A friend of mine got into astral photography a few years and it's just such a beautiful genre. I now (almost) regret that my time behind the lens was almost exclusively inside the studio. Back then, I said "I'll never be the guy who humps his gear for miles into nature to take photographs".
LOL, if I only knew then.
Keep posting those!!
@Philreedshikes And it gives you a whole new area of gear to start obsessing over and buying!
As much as people talk about always buying outdoor gear, it doesn't come close to photography. When I was shooting professionally, GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) was almost unchecked. At least with hiking, the impulse purchases are usually under $100. Photography is more like "Taking out a fourth mortgage makes total sense because I love that new lens!"
Those pictures are amazing! Nowhere in my are is there a place without ambient light, so that would be near impossible here...
@KyleMTheBoyScoutthanks! same situation here in coastal VA - no night horizon (unless you're on a boat, maybe), that's why I feel very fortunate to get out west every once and a while!
this is what that area looks like in the day light