The Milkyway

This is a collection on Milkyway images I captured while traveling in Utah-Arizona-& New Mexico in April, May & June. 


All of these images are created by stacking 16 individual images together to reduce noise and create sharpness and depth.  The foreground is one image.  I am using a software called " Sequator" to stack the images and Lightroom and Photoshop to edit and create the final "TIFF" file.


To capture the images I used A Nikon D-850 with either a Nikon 14-24 / 2.8 or a Nikon 24-70 2.8 lens on a Really Right Stuff 34L with a Really Right Stuff BH55 Ballhead.  The Lighting I used are Z-96 LED Low Level Lights on small Light Stands - When using these lights the light level is so low you can barely see the effect on the foreground subject but a quick test shot will help you adjust the angle and distance of the light.  My base exposure was F2.8 @ ISO 6400 / 8000 @ 8 sec and then I would adjust from that point. 


Focusing is accomplished by simply finding a bright star and zooming in on it with the Liveview on the camera and fine tuning the focus at infinity.  I capture the foreground using a much lower ISO and longer exposure to create an image that is sharper with low noise.  You can stack these images also but I do not find it necessary.  Then all that is left is to capture 16 individual RAW images of the scene and stack in post blending in the foreground in Photoshop.

Click the arrows in the lower right hand corner to enlarge the images

Goblin Pano

Goblin Pano

Goblin Valley State Park Utah - The first night of the Nghtscapers Conference. I captured this using 3- Z-96 LED lights - This is one image with 16 images stacked - F 2.8 @ 8 Sec @ ISO 6400

The Needles - Canyonlands NP

The Needles - Canyonlands NP

I captured this using 2- Z-96 LED lights - This is one image with 16 images stacked - F 2.8 @ 8 Sec @ ISO 6400

Fire Below

Fire Below

The sky region of a vertical Milkyway. This is a 16 image stack with one Dark Frame. The exposure was ISO 6400 @ 5 sec @ F-2.8 x 16- Early August 2019

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