One thing that I am always reminded of when photographing the Milky Way is how vast the universe is.  The Milky Way, which is only one galaxy, is thought to contain somewhere between 200 billion to 400 billion stars.  And it is thought that there could be up to 500 billions galaxies in the universe.  Kind of makes you stop and think………


14 responses

  1. Damn man, this is spectacular. I am soooo looking forward to more astro photography from you!!

    May 11, 2011 at 9:03 am

  2. Another great milky way shot…like I said, I’d kill for this view outside my house!

    May 11, 2011 at 9:08 am

  3. Awesome! I still can’t believe you can capture that in your neighborhood…

    May 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

  4. Scott, man… Wow! Thats amazing dude. This is on my list of shots to take this summer. I may be coming to you for advice… This rocks!

    May 11, 2011 at 9:22 am

    • Anytime man. Always feel like I’m learning new tricks but I’d be happy to tell you what I know.

      May 11, 2011 at 11:23 am

  5. I’m still thinking… Nice capture Scott.

    May 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

  6. Great shot… every time I look into the sky I stop and think about things like that. There’s just so much out there that we can’t see, can’t touch, can’t smell… what could be beyond? Will we ever know?

    May 11, 2011 at 9:57 am

  7. Awesome shot! Good thing we are abandoning our space program huh? 😦

    May 11, 2011 at 10:15 am

  8. Holy smokes that’s an awesome shot, Scott! Wow!

    May 11, 2011 at 10:47 am

  9. Crap man, that’s crazy. Questions for ya! 1. what are your exposure and shutter settings? 2. How do you keep your camera cool? You ever get hot pixels?

    May 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

    • 1. This shot was a 30 second exposure at 1600 ISO at 11mm and f/2.8 – There is a decent amount of light pollution around my residential area so I hope to get better detail at another location. Basically played with Levels – Master and RGB levels individually and applied a little Noise reduction. I just recently picked up an 11-16mm f/2.8 lens that lets in quite a bit more light than my sigma, but I was able to achieve decent results with my Sigma 10-20 @ f/4, 30 sec and ISO 1600. I also plan to experiment with a little longer shutter speed once I’m not around so much light pollution. Likely 45-60 seconds or so. I don’t think what little star trailing I get at 11mm will affect the look I’m going for all that much.

      2. My biggest issue is definitely noise. At 1600 ISO and 30 seconds it is quite noisy at 100%. I perform Noise Reduction with Noiseware PS plug-in but not too much. Once I try this shot in a more desolate area, I’m hoping to be able to drop the ISO to 800 for less noise. Really wish I had a 7D or 5DII with more ISO options but I have to work with what I have for now.

      May 11, 2011 at 11:30 am

  10. WOW!!!!! That is vast! Great shot man! Can’t wait to try this out!

    May 11, 2011 at 11:58 am

  11. Thanks for the reply.

    I tried the same thing while I was out in Wind Wolves and just couldn’t get it right. More practice is in order!

    May 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

  12. Thank you Scott, for my star-gazing break during a very busy work day. You definitely knew the definition of escape when you posted this beauty. The tip-tops of the trees add the perfect anchor, and probably keep us from floating off into that endless space you created.

    May 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm

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