It doesn’t matter if you’re young, old, a newbie viewer, or an avid and dedicated watcher, the Milky Way is an amazing thing to witness—let alone capture on camera. To photograph this captivating wonder made up of dust, gas, and stars, you need absolute darkness. After three years of practice, finding the right location, and a great night sky, lepermessiah222 was able to use a Nikon D750 to capture this amazing panoramic view:
Astrophotography, like other photography forms, is all about the subject. What you plan to capture determines how you should shoot. For instance, to capture the Milky Way you need to create a very sharp image—one where the stars are seen as points and not smudges or lines like you see in star trail photography.
Taken in Bouctouche, New Brunswick, Canada, this amazing landscape photo captures over 180 degrees of the night sky. The photographer stitched together six long exposed shots in Photoshop. While there were a few minor issues (a couple stars were cloned out because of stretching), lepermessiah222 did the majority of the work with the camera, and he did very little post clean up work.
“To shoot the Milky Way, location is key. You want a very dark place with as little light pollution as possible. Also tons of practice. This took me 3 years of practising my craft to arrive at this result!” –lepermessiah222
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