This is a place I have wanted to go for some time now. I have been wanting to shoot the Milky Way without all the light pollution in the Houston area. I have driven 100 miles out of Houston and still it was difficult to get a good clear shot of the Milky Way. Big Bend has been rated the darkest area in the lower 48 states so it seemed to be the place to go. Problem is I have never been to Big Bend and had no idea the best places to shoot the Milky Way so I decided the best thing for me was to sign up for a Big Bend astrophotography workshop. After some research I decided on Mike Mezeul’s workshop he had done numerous workshops at Big Bend and felt this would be the perfect workshop for me. Wow I was right Mike has a great workshop and is an excellent mentor. Mike had some great locations to shoot the Milky Way. One thing I liked about his workshop is the group size is small only 6 people in the workshop. The drive to Big Bend is an about 9 hours from my home, not too bad. The workshop was form Friday through Sunday, shooting Friday and Saturday Night. Both nights where mirror images of each other. We would meet for dinner at 5pm and both nights while eating there would be a thunder storm and you would think well there is no way we will be shooting the Milky Way tonight. But both nights by nightfall the skies would clear up and become a beautiful starry night. I have to say I have never seen such a dark sky with some many stars quite amazing. Both nights we shot until 3am or so going to several different locations to shot. For the most part I was fixated on getting a great shot but on Saturday night I stepped back from my camera, laid down on the road and just relaxed looking up at the stars just to take in the beauty. I have to say I had a great time got some very good shots of the Milky Way and Mike had an excellent workshop that I highly recommend. I will defiantly be going back to Big Bend.
Camera Settings: Focal Length 16mm, ISO 4000, 30 seconds, F4