I've done plenty of night photography but this was my first real attempt at astrophotography and it was a whole lot of fun. I mentioned in a previous post that I purchased the Rokinon 24 mm f/1.4 specifically for astrophotography, but as it turns out it's a pretty great lens for landscapes too.
I shot these images while testing the lens for it's night time capabilities. The first image is a composite of two exposures. One exposure to correctly expose the sky and one to correctly expose the lighthouse, then the two images were blended together in Photoshop.
As I was following the Milky Way, it led me to photograph this stand of pine trees. The Lighthouse actually did the light painting on the trees during my 20-second exposure. This image is actually a panorama of sorts. When I made my first exposureI had just the tree tops and more sky, on the second exposure I lowered the camera to include more of the trees. Later, when post processing I got the idea to put the two images together in Lightroom, which created this taller version. I like it taller because it shows more of the Milky way and trees. I wish I would have thought of while I was shooting the images because I could have made an image that went from the ground to the top of the Milky Way.
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