The 30-second exposure allowed the foreground to be illuminated by the lights of the nearby ski lodges. The image was taken from the cross-country ski trail captured in HOME TRAIL, looking up the slope to the right. The brightest portion of the Milky Way extends vertically from a Snow Gum and rocky outcrops. The 3 rocks in the centre of the image form the foreground of SENTINELS. 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.