Milky Way from the Trail

Milky Way from the Trail, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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On my second night hike up to Clouds Rest with some night sky photographer enthusiast we stopped on this great granite rock to take some photographs of the night sky. With a crescent moon the sky was a lot darker than my first hike up, and the Milky Way was more visible. I’ve been wanting to capture a great Milky Way shot for a long time. I don’t think I have nailed it yet, but I’m closer. The most amazing thing about this shot is that I could not see with my naked eye the orange and yellow light pollution, but the camera could. When I looked at my playback after the first shot I was thrilled with the color and the texture in the clouds. I hoped it looked as good at home on my computer.
Does anyone have any tips on post editing Milky Way shots to bring out the best of it? I tweaked fill, blacks, clarity, vibrance, sharpened, and a little recovery.

It was a great hike, and I made it up that last bit to the top and beyond. I’ve got a couple of more photos I’ll share from this hike and still one or two from the first hike up.

Hike stats:
Total Miles 14.2
Elevation Gain 3,687ft
Total Time hike and photography 13 hours
Not a lot of sleep on this trip either, but I did doze on the mountain while my camera worked, and in the car on the way home. I left home at 4pm on Aug. 23rd and got home just after 6PM on Aug. 24th. Yes, I’d do it again.

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 17-35 @ 17mm| f2.8| 30 seconds| ISO 1600| Manual Mode| Tripod w/release cable

Author: circadianreflections

My name is Deborah Zajac. I'm a photographer living in Nevada at the base of the Eastern Sierras. I am a passionate nature, landscape, night/astro photographer. I shoot predominately in color and use Nikon Digital Cameras, and lenses. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the photos I've taken while on my travels. Please feel free to leave a comment I'd love to hear from you.

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