Thanks to cameras and skillful photographers, we can get a glimpse of our beautiful galaxy. Photographer Varun Sheel took this image of the Milky Way rising over Quabbin Reservoir, and it’s jaw-droppingly beautiful:
Sheel took the image using a Nikon D3300 and Sigma 18–35 f/1.8 Art lens with a Hoya Red Intensifier Light Pollution filter.
He stitched 12 shots for the foreground panorama. The foreground images were taken at 18mm, f/1.8, 1/3 second, ISO 100mm during the blue hour. For the background, he stacked 6 panoramas and used a sky tracker to track the Milky Way. Each sky photograph was taken at 18mm, 240 seconds (tracked), ISO 1600. He has also put a lot of effort in color dodging and burning to bring out the star glow, H-alpha signals, and more.
This image is a perfect example of how small the earth is in a giant universe.
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