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The Last shot of the Milky Way Season

Updated: Feb 16, 2022

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

These images are from a photoshoot with the Low Light Photo Group at a cemetery this past Halloween. I was a bit nervous before we could start shooting. The clouds were still very thick as the sun began to set, and had been raining a few hours before that. However, when the night rolled in, the skies cleared.

There are not too many places on the Florida coast where you can watch the world turn at night. Luckily enough, a friend of mine stumbled onto this little patch of darkness here on the West Coast. It's not the darkest place in Florida, but it is one of the places that have a fantastic view of the heavens. A fitting resting place for those who have departed.

The Milky Way
Equipment - O-MD E-M1 MKII, M.Zuiko 12-40 f/2.8 PRO Settings ISO 3200, 10 Seconds, f/2.8

The above photo is my last photo of the Milky Way for the year. (sigh) Now it's time to plan for next year!

I made a few captures of the Milky Way, and then I turned my camera to the north. I found Polaris, the North Star, and began to set up for the star trails. After I started the capture, a car painted the trees from the headlights as it pulled away.

Star Tails over a Cemetery
120 images stacked with Live Composite. Settings 10 Seconds, f/2.8, ISO 3200, 4:3 Gear - Olympus O-MD E-M1 MK II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO.

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