I waited over 4 months for the Milky Way to line up with the lighthouse and a small moon low in the west, all on a clear night! The wait was worth it.
The 30-second exposure allowed the foreground to be illuminated by the quarter moon, which was low in the west and just out of the field of view to the right.
The beautiful lighthouse beams the brightest portion of the Milky Way from it. The colours and dark lanes are truly amazing and it’s a pity we can’t see them with our own eyes. The brightest stars just to the right of the light are the pointers and they lead below to the Southern Cross (Crux), which is just to the right of the lighthouse’s upper small window. Between these, the dark region of the coal sack can be seen. To the right of the Milky Way the bright orange star of Antares can be seen. This is the heart of the constellation Scorpius and is often incorrectly thought to be the planet Mars. The claws of Scorpius are to the right of Antares and its tail extends to the left across the bright part of the Milky Way. The ‘smudge’ on the left edge is our neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud.
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.