Shooting Astrophotography During Milky Way Season
Summer is typically my favorite season throughout the year. It’s warm, excellent conditions to do water sports, and school is out of session. Although there are so many reasons to love summer, I’ve come to love it because it’s Milky Way season. I love being able to go out at night to capture the heavens and stars and use the time I have during this season to capture some awesome astrophotography and this summer has been no exception. This summer I’ve been mastering astrophotography and have had the opportunity to go with friends to shoot astrophotography during the prime Milky Way season. Generally I love all nightscape and long exposure photography, but getting to shoot the Milky Way is such a treat for me and I have to get out and shoot as much as possible. I’ve been learning more and more about astrophotography in the last year and some of my astrophotography heroes include: Luc Perrot, David Lane, Mark Gee, and Justin Ng. Over the last year I’ve been taught under the tutelage of Caryn Esplin and am so grateful for her time she’s put into teaching me. Check out all of their amazing astrophotography and nightscape work!
For these images I traveled about 20 minutes from my home in southeast Idaho to shoot some of my favorite astrophotography images I’ve done so far in my astrophotography adventures. Idaho is typically a cooler place, but the last month has been extremely hot so shooting at night was such a relief from the scorching heat during the day.
I often have friends and complete strangers asking me how I’m able to get these images as well as asking to come out to shoot the Milky Way with me. As with when I first started, it’s a bit to get used to. People expect to nail it on the first shot, but astrophotography is a waiting and patience game. Over the last year as I’ve been shooting astrophotography and the Milky way is that astrophotography requires are extreme patience and diligence to find an awesome place to photograph, waiting for the right moment to capture the celestial objects, as well as post processing your images. As an astrophotographer it’s my job to capture and illustrate the stunning beauty that can barely be seen by the naked eye in the night sky, but it’s a journey and process to learn how to capture exceptional Milky Way and astro photographs.
For my gear I use a Nikon D610 with a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens and my trusty Manfrotto tripod. I typically love using my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens on my canon body, but this Rokinon lens combined with the awesome D610 body has worked wonders for me. In my nightscape photography I generally like to use a landscape orientation, but with the Milky Way being prominent I’ve loved using a vertical or portrait orientation while shooting to capture as much of the Milky Way core. I also got to capture a self-portrait on my latest nightscape adventure. I hope you enjoy!