This is a composite of 2 images, allowing a taller field of view than my usual landscape photographs. The wider field allowed me to compose the shot to capture the Milky Way high above a cross-country trail leading back to the ski lodges, East of the Big D at Mt Hotham, Victoria. The images were taken at 22:38 on 19/8/2014.
The composed image of around 100 x 80 degrees captures beautiful Snow Gums and rocks standing proud above the glistening snow with the lights of the lodges guiding the observer home. The brightest portion of the Milky Way extends across the sky. The colours and dark lanes of the Milky Way are truly amazing and it’s a pity we can’t see them with our own eyes. The pink of the Milky Way can even be seen reflecting off the snow due to the long exposure.
I always aim to balance the exposure and gentle processing to try to maintain the relative brightness of stars and their natural colours rather than oversaturating the Milky Way, which can look unnatural.
Two 30-sec exposures, ISO3200, F2.8.
Canon 6D. Nikon 14-24mm at 14mm. Standard tripod. Shutter release.
Autopano Giga for photo stitching, Adobe Lightroom 5. Topaz Denoise.