The single photo was taken at 21:36 on 2/8/2014 looking to the northeast.
The 30-second exposure allowed the foreground to be illuminated by the quarter moon, which was low in the west to the left of the field of view.
The image showcases the brightest portion of our Milky Way Galaxy in the region of Sagittarius and Scorpius.
The colours and dark lanes are truly amazing. It would be wonderful if we could see them with our own eyes.
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.
A single 30-sec exposure, ISO3200, F2.8.
Canon 6D. Nikon 14-24mm at 14mm. Standard tripod. Shutter release.
Adobe Lightroom 5. Topaz Denoise.