The Milky Way is out there day and night. But we can’t see it in its full glory with our naked eyes. Thanks to long exposure photography, seeing something as surreal as our own galaxy is possible. The following image by photographer Michael Sidofsky over Pfeiffer Beach, California, is a brilliant example of this:
The image is a composite of two exposures taken back to back. For the foreground, Sidofsky exposed the shot at ISO 1600, f/2.8 for 6 minutes. And for the sky, he shot it at ISO 6400, f/2.8, and 25 seconds to ensure that no star trails were formed and to reduce the amount of noise and collect more light from the foreground.
Doesn’t the image make you feel like you could just swim away into the galaxy?
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