The 30-second exposure allowed the foreground to be illuminated by the lights of the nearby ski lodges. The image was taken from half way up the slope above the cross-country ski trail captured in HOME TRAIL. The brightest portion of the Milky Way extends vertically from 3 large rocks proudly standing above the snow-covered landscape. I chose the name Sentinels as the 3 rocks look like soldiers frozen in time. 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.
A single 30-sec exposure, ISO3200, F2.8.
Canon 6D. Nikon 14-24mm at 14mm. Standard tripod. Shutter release.
Adobe Lightroom 5. Topaz Denoise.