I like shooting the stars at night and my goal is to make astrophotograpgy one of my specialties. But I have a lot to learn and where I live it is difficult to find the right foreground to give interest to an image. I live in Houston Texas where the land is flat as a pancake and difficult to get away from the light pollution. I drive the countryside on weekend during the day searching for areas that could be dark enough to shoot at night and have an interesting foreground. I found this spot (image above) and decided to try my next star shoot there. I waited until the next moonless night that landed on a weekend to do the shoot and fortunately I did not have to wait long it was the next weekend. The next weekend I drove out to the location about 12:30am and yes my family and friends think I’m nuts going out shooting in the middle of the night but hey I love it. Once at the site I walked around looking for the best composition. I use a red light attached to my ball cap to see in the dark where my eyes can stay adjusted to the dark. My goal for this shoot was to capture the Milky Way for the first time. I had tried before and the conditions weren’t good so I was hoping the moonless night would give me a better chance. I shot for couple hours shooting from various angles, the image above is the first image I got of the Milky Way and I really like this shot. This shot makes me eager to travel to a location that is really dark with excellent landscape to capture the Milky Way in all its brilliant colors. Hopefully with more practice I can produce some professional looking images of the stars and Milky Way.
Camera settings: F/2.8, 20 sec, ISO 3200, focal length 24mm
Equipment: Nikon D750, Lens 24-70 f2.8