1 day ago
I am sharing this milky way image, not so much for the photo, but more for the story behind it. We went to a very small but interesting geological area in Nebraska. We finished shooting the foreground with our low level LED lights to illuminate the foreground, and began to shoot our sky images. I was shooting groups of 15 photos at different settings in order to stack the sky images for noise reduction. During one of the group shots, I noticed that the mountains were getting lighter and lighter in the distance. I blinked my eyes for a few seconds thinking I was having an eye problem, but the light just got brighter and brighter. All of a sudden the mountain range was completely lit up!!! It was then that I realized a UFO was about to land. I've seen "Close Encounters of the third kind" and i started to hear the familiar tones!!!! We looked all over the sky in front and behind us and saw nothing!! The mountains were just lit up as clear as day! Then, all of a sudden....we realized what had happened. There was a train coming down the railroad tracks about 2 miles away and its headlight was illuminating the mountains. We could not hear it until the whistle blew. Just as fast as the mountains lit up, they went back to being completely in the dark. Since I captured the "Daylight mountains' during my shoot, I decided to blend them into the image. I even got a bonus meteor on the right side of the sky!! The camera was never moved during the entire shoot. This is a 3 images exposure blend.
Nikon D850 with Nikkor 14-24mmF2.8 at 14mm. Sky Image, 15 images stacked using Starry Landscape stacker, ISO 10,000, F2.8, 10 sedconds.
Foreground, ISO 1600, F5.6, 255 seconds. Lit with 2 LED low level light panels. #milkyway #milkywaychaser #milkywayphotography #milkywaychasers #milkyways #milkywaypics #nightphotography #stars #meteor #milkyway_nightscapes #night_shots_ #nightshot #natgeoyourshot #nikond850 #landscapephotography #nebraska #landscape #landscapephotographer #longexposure #longexposurephotography #longexposureshots #longexposureworld #nightsky #nightskyphotography #astrophotography #astrography_