Milking the Milky Way - Photographing our galaxy from Enchanted Rock State Park

July 12, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Milkyway - Enchanted Rock State Park, TexasMilkyway - Enchanted Rock State Park, Texas

THE LOCATION:

Enchanted Rock State Park

THE SHOT:

This is a single shot of the Milky Way I took on May 6th during the new moon. I was shooting a time-lapse video (which is really cool btw) and I went back to the location to get my camera at the end of the night, and I happen to see this tree behind me (it was very dark so I didn't see it the first time). I only had my Sony A7s, 28mm f/2.0 lens, and a Gorillapod. All of my other gear was at the bottom of Enchanted Rock. I walked around trying to line up this tree with the Milky Way. I took 5-6 photos guessing how the image would be framed. I couldn't see a preview of the shot before taking the photo because I was using my Sony mirrorless camera and didn't have my real time exposure turned on. Long story short, I was able to get this photo. I think it's my favorite photo from that night.

 

THE GEAR:

Sony A7s

Sony FE 28mm f/2.0 lens

Small Gorillapod (tripod).

 

The Grit:

7  hours - 120 minute to drive there. 30 minutes to hike up to find a spot.

30 minutes to get everything set. 2 Hours shooting. 120 minutes driving back home.


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