5 Shooting the Milky Way

After meticulous planning and scouting in daylight, you’ve finally arrived at a dark-sky location at the right time of year and the right time of night. The stars are glowing brightly in a clear sky. Now you’re ready to capture great images of the Milky Way rising above a dramatic landscape. This chapter will begin by describing ways to shoot compositions where the lens you’ve chosen is wide enough to include the entire subject in a single frame. I’ll call these compositions single-camera-position images rather than single-frame images because you will often shoot two frames at that one camera position (one exposed for sky, one exposed for land) that you’ll later combine to achieve good detail throughout the frame. ...

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