Saturday, September 20, 2014

Photographing the Milky Way Additional Information.

Milky Way over Gooseberry

Milky Way over Gooseberry
In my previous blog on photographing the Milky Way, besides the Stone Barn the other location to photograph the Milky Way I mentioned was Gooseberry Neck.

Despite light pollution due to the city's towns and villages along the shore of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with the appropriate settings in your camera.  You can get great pictures of the Milky Way.  In fact, you can get even surprises.  In this picture not only you can see the Milky Way, but there are three meteors and three airplane tracks.

Milky Way over Gooseberry with meteors

Locations of Meteors and Airplane Tracks
 I experimented taking a panorama of the Milky Way starting at ground level up to 90° overhead.  After importing the pictures into Lightroom and batch adjusting the settings, I exported the pictures into Photoshop CC 2014  and merged into a panorama.  Although the tripod didn't move, I needed to crop the picture and then did some further adjustments in Photoshop.  The main problem that I observed with this picture is I did not overlap the pictures is much as I should have.  Well you live and learn.

Milky Way over Gooseberry Panorama

Any clear evening from September 20 through September 28 after 8 PM will be a good time to photograph the Milky Way.  Remember September 24-25th, I will be holding a workshop at the Stone Barn of Allens Pond Sanctuary in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, starting at 8 PM.  The advantage of photographing the Milky Way at the Stone Barn is there is less light pollution and bathrooms and a kitchen so you could have coffee, tea or what ever else you want to bring to drink.  You receive instructions on your settings and any other help you may need to capture the Milky Way.  Remember to sign up at the Allens Pond Site.

Remember I have a workshop to to photograph the lunar eclipse on October 8 at the parking lot on Gooseberry Neck, Westport, Massachusetts, starting at 4:45 AM.  The other interesting event occurring is that there are two meteor showers peaking around that date: Draconids and Southern Taurids.  As the moon starts to eclipse and it's light diminishes there is a greater possibility of viewing the meteors.

The cost of the workshop will be $25 payable by PayPal.

I will have prepared handouts showing settings that you will need in order to capture the event.  Also since the Moon will set just after the sunrise occurs we can also photograph  the sunrise.  Equipment needed includes a steady tripod, camera, a medium to long zoom lens or a 300 mm-500 mm lens, a shutter release and a flashlight or headlamp plus appropriate clothing. Also,  you can utilize a wide-angle lens  to take multiple exposures then stack the photos in Photoshop or any other stacking program .  In case of bad weather the fee will be returned.

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