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Milky Way Over Watson



Panorama of the Milky Way over Watson Lake, in Prescott, Arizona

Panorama of the Milky Way over Watson Lake, in Prescott, Arizona
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GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 November 17, 2014
Congratulations on your Award!
blairwacha PRO+
 
blairwacha May 02, 2015
Very nice! Were you able to capture this with a single wide angle shot, or is it a multi shot panorama? What focal length did you use? Oh ya, where is this? I spend a lot of time inn the northern AZ desert. This has that sort of look. Water is a rarity there. Very nice capture of color and composition!
michaelwilson
michaelwilson May 02, 2015
I'm glad you like the photo! Yea, it is a pano using 4 images. It is shot at Watson Lake in Prescott, Arizona
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patticooper September 06, 2015
Love this!! Great capture!
nandicmb
 
nandicmb September 11, 2015
Congratulations on your yet another Contest Finalist win Nature At Night Photo Contest!!
mrlarrys
 
mrlarrys December 01, 2015
Very well done, congratulations!
nandicmb
 
nandicmb December 04, 2015
Congratulations on winning the Big Sky Photo Contest!
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lyoung403b December 12, 2015
Incredible views! Obviously a lot of hard work put forth here. Congratulations!
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sachinus2010 December 14, 2015
Awesome !! Superb !
Can you share when was this shot - date and time? I am planning for a visit to Arizona when the milkyway season (!) begins in 2016.
CRocha
 
CRocha February 23, 2016
Super image. Congrats
lindabonskowski
 
lindabonskowski April 30, 2016
I am absolutely envious!!! My dream is to get a Milky Way shot like this!! So beautiful in every way! Congrats!!!
glennpoplin
 
glennpoplin August 14, 2017
Very nice shot

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in the middle of the night at Watson Lake, in Prescott, Arizona
Time
This photo was taken around 1 in the morning. All by myself at the lake, just watching the stars.
Lighting
There was a partial moon out, but it was not bright enough to illuminate the foreground. So, I had to use a higher ISO and brighten the foreground in post-processing.
Equipment
This photo is a panorama, so I mounted my camera to a tripod and shot about 5 frames in a vertical orientation.
Inspiration
This shot was kind of a spur of the moment image. I thought this would be a good location for a Milky Way shot. So, I was researching where the Milky Way was in the sky, and when would be a good time to capture it here. I then realized that that currently the Milky Way was at a good location to make the image, so the following night I was out there.
Editing
I captured several vertical images to make a panorama. I stitched the panorama together in Photoshop. The ground was rather dark, so I also brightened the foreground. However, I was also fighting high ISO noise, so I could only brighten the foreground so much, until there too much noise developing. For the sky, I played with contrast, clarity, whites, shadows, etc.
In my camera bag
Being primarily a landscape photographer, I always carry my tripod. I also carry a microfiber cloth to clean any spots on the lens that may develop.
Feedback
The Core of the Milky Way will tend to be visible above the horizon in spring/summer in the northern hemisphere. Also, later in the year, the Milky Way will be higher in the sky, which can make certain compositions more difficult. To get the whole Milky Way, I had to use a wide angle lens, and also shoot with a vertical orientation. I usually always shoot panoramas using vertical or portrait shots. This allows me to capture more of the scene for later cropping as needed. I can also zoom in some more when shooting vertical, which reduces the wide angle effect.

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