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Milky Way Favs 2017

October 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Ever since I was about 8 years old I have loved the night sky. I had a telescope, subscription to earth sky magazine, and watched Space Camp about 100 times. A few years ago, I learned how to shoot the galactic center of the milky way. I learned it has seasons, the time to shoot it best changes during those seasons, the weather has to be just right to get the best images, and you need a dark sky (no moon or city light pollution). I also updated my lenses just a bit mid season this year to capture stars better :) We don't get too dark here in Florence, Alabama...but dark enough to get some fabulous images above the Forks of Cypress and another county road. I've also taken photos at family property in Fort Deposit, Ashford, and a few different places we've traveled to this summer like above the misty canyon of Little River Canyon Preserve. I've taken a few from my own backyard as well. The last image was taken last night in Fort Deposit. I was hoping for one more photo before the season is over however it didn't really happen. The galactic center is already too far to the west and the humid air as well as the lights from Greenville drowned out the center. It's all good though. Hoping for a better season next year in new places (photo goals...a dark sky park somewhere) and better shots from my favs here in Florence :) Soooo here is 2017, from barely above the trees as the season began in my own backyard, to a not so visible season closing in Fort Deposit, Alabama :) 

 

"It is all very beautiful and magical here---a quality which cannot be described. You have to live it and breathe it...The skies and land are so enormous, and the detail so precise and exquisite that where you are you are isolated in a glowing world between the macro and the micro, where everything is sidewise under you and over you, and the clocks stopped long ago." - Ansel Adams

 

 

 


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