I have captured photos of stars above distant thunderstorms before, but I never imagined I would be able to capture the Milky Way above a nearby thunderstorm. While out storm chasing in Eastern Montana on June 4, 2018, that's exactly what happened.
Have you ever wondered how some photographs are made? For instance, astrophotography images are more often than not composite images - that is, multiple images of different exposures/scenes merged to make one single image. This is often necessary when shooting the night sky since the proper exposure for the sky (generally 10 to 30 seconds long) will typically leave the foreground completely black, especially if the moon is not out.
Zion National Park is one of the most incredible places I have ever been. The beauty is jaw dropping and the various hikes are seemingly endless. You can hike through the Narrows (blog coming soon on this!), hike up Canyon Overlook Trail, hike the Watchman Trail, hike Observation Point Trail, hike up the infamous Angels Landing, or hike any of the other many trails.
Shooting landscapes is what first really got me into photography. The adventures you'd set out on with friends, the new friends made along the way, the incredible places you'd visit - there's just nothing else quite like it. But when I picked up my first DSLR I realized theres a lot more to taking photographs than just finding the right composition, having the proper settings on your camera, and pressing the shutter button.
Above is a shot I made on February 14th, 2016, in Sedona, Arizona. This image was taken at 5:45 AM, just prior to sunrise. Something I tried for the first time with this photo is taking 10 consecutive shots of the sky at a higher ISO (5000) and shorter shutter speed (15s), and then stacking the photos, which gives you awesome pinpoint stars with minimal noise.Here’s a walkthrough of how I made the shot.
I have never been one to use presets before when doing my editing, primarily because there is no one preset or preset package that can get the photo to look exactly how I envisioned it when I took the photograph. After using the "Through the Woods" Lightroom preset package from Sleeklens...