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Bodie Island Lighthouse underneath the Milky Way on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The lighthouse, stars, milky way, lightning bugs and even the distant lig...
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Bodie Island Lighthouse underneath the Milky Way on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The lighthouse, stars, milky way, lightning bugs and even the distant light from nearby towns to the South all doing their part to light this scene!
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38 Comments | Report
Fauxtographer
 
Fauxtographer January 19, 2015
Stunning!
KenBrakefield Platinum
 
KenBrakefield January 21, 2015
Amazing. One of the best I
Jo-AnnGallagher Platinum
 
Jo-AnnGallagher January 21, 2015
My god I wished I had taken this stunning shot. Fantastic work.
terryc Platinum
 
terryc February 15, 2015
Stunning!
pegleg Platinum
 
pegleg February 17, 2015
super good photo love it
Littlestar4Photography
 
Littlestar4Photography April 07, 2015
Just -Wow! I have a photo(s) of this lighthouse taken during the day. Not nearly as impressive.
SarahKeates
 
SarahKeates April 08, 2015
Outstanding work! Congrats!
ChrisKIELY
 
ChrisKIELY April 09, 2015
Magnifient
dthurau PRO+
 
dthurau April 17, 2015
Very well done. Great Skills. Thank you for sharing.
pitterpatter
 
pitterpatter April 18, 2015
Amazing photo capture and editing skills.
Photography78
 
Photography78 May 21, 2015
Would love to get shots like this. All I ever get is just stars, not the milky way and never see the milky way with this type of coloring. Absolutely love the light house but the extras just add to it. Very awesome shot!
mensajenn68
 
mensajenn68 May 28, 2015
UNBELIEVABLE! What a great moment you captured! Absolutely stunning balance and composition - an all-around perfect photo!
Hughey51
 
Hughey51 May 28, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Hughey51
 
Hughey51 May 28, 2015
Love this photo,great work.
mattpayne
 
mattpayne May 28, 2015
Good stuff Dave, I'm still figuring out this View Bug stuff.
frankloverso
 
frankloverso May 28, 2015
Amazing photograph on so many levels Dave!!!
gwinspics
 
gwinspics August 14, 2015
This is stunning. Congratulations on a wonderful shot!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots September 12, 2015
Beautiful capture! Congrats.
Jpinet
 
Jpinet September 17, 2015
Speechless at the beauty!
davidrelph PRO
 
davidrelph September 22, 2015
Fabulous Milky Way shot
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair September 22, 2015
Impressive!
Littlestar4Photography
 
Littlestar4Photography September 22, 2015
I have a photo of this Lighthouse too, but not nearly so dramatic. Well done. Congratulations on the feature.
p_eileenbaltz Platinum
 
p_eileenbaltz September 22, 2015
Stunning image, and extraordinary work! Congratulations on your feature.:)
devonkorbage
 
devonkorbage September 22, 2015
One of my favourite phototures of all time
leonardospinelli
 
leonardospinelli September 23, 2015
very nice!!!
lonewolf13
 
lonewolf13 September 27, 2015
Wow! This is truly amazing.
trojanwonder PRO
 
trojanwonder October 12, 2015
fantastic
Ki_Wi
 
Ki_Wi October 17, 2015
Bodi Light always plays 2nd runner up to Hatteras...but this is just stunning!!!!! I love this light...great shot!
Spinola Platinum
 
Spinola November 02, 2015
Perfect
Stefaan
 
Stefaan November 14, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
darrellgillenwater PRO+
 
darrellgillenwater December 22, 2015
Beautiful shot
tmlakshmi PRO
 
tmlakshmi March 16, 2016
congrats on all your wins. voted
Tmac Platinum
 
Tmac March 23, 2016
Wow!
sarahmirkin Premium
 
sarahmirkin March 25, 2017
Absolutely gorgeous and stunning! I love lighthouses and the composition with exposure of the stars behind it is an absolute gem of a shot! Love it!
Smert
 
Smert August 30, 2017
Stunning dynamic range
tmlakshmi PRO
 
tmlakshmi May 01, 2018
wonderful composition. voted
Komainu85
 
Komainu85 May 24, 2018
Stunning!
michelleandraymepotter
 
michelleandraymepotter July 23, 2018
Amazing photo!
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Nags Head, North Carolina at the Bodie Island Lighthouse park location during the summer of 2014.
Time
During the summer months the Milky Way gives astro shooters a break from the early morning hours as it begins to rise around 9pm as opposed to 2am! This timing makes it much easier to actually get out and shoot without totally disrupting your normal routines and sleep! This shot was captured at approximately 9:38PM EST.
Lighting
Lighting for most astro shots is all about finding the darkest night skies possible. The Outer Banks in general have some of the darkest skies on the East coast. There is however, some light pollution generated by the small towns that dot the thin sand bars that comprise the coast line of the Outer Banks, and in the case of this photo, I feel that the light coming from the towns of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Hattereas actually add to the overall feel of the image. Also part of the lighting here are fire flies, the lighhouse fresnel lens, an exit sign casting a red glow inside the access building and of course the "star" of the show, the Milky Way itself!!
Equipment
Canon 5D3 Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II Canon Intervalometer RSS Tripod and BH-40 Ballhead
Inspiration
This is a particularly special photo for me. I have been vacationing at the Outer Banks for over 30 years with my family, since I was a kid. I now vacation there with my kids and my parents which has been a great way for all of us to spend time and stay connected. On this night, my 18 year old daughter came along with me and also did some shooting so this outing was extra special in that I could share the event with someone very near and dear to me! I am fascinated with lighthouses, their construction, their stories and lore, the history, decor - you get the point, I love lighthouses! As I continue to expand my photography skills and interests, Astrophotography has to be at the top of the list of things that excite me about the craft. I suppose I don't consider this to be true "astro" but more a combination of landscape and astro. Ultimately, the inspiration here comes from the ability to join many things that are special to me and if I had to choose one image from portfolio that defines me and tells somewhat of a story about me, this would be the one.
Editing
With all night images there is a great deal of post-work to be done. High ISO means noise and noise reduction along with adjustments to contrast, clarity and exposure are necessary to really make the stars and Milky Way pop. I recently began truly honing and refining my skills by following some great tutorials online and learned more about the process of using layer masks and Actions in Photoshop which has made a huge difference in my approach and results.
In my camera bag
Being a Canon shooter, my bag is mostly full of Canon Gear. I currently have the following: Canon 5D3 Canon 60D Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-5.6 Canon Intervalometer Lee Filter System Really Right Stuff 24L Tripod Really Right Stuff BH-40 ballhead
Feedback
Research and planning are paramount to astro shots. Find the darkest skies, learn how to process your images, maybe most important, learn how to set your images up in camera to limit the amount and type of post work you'll need to do! Learn how to focus your camera and lens at night. There are many techniques so you'll have to experiment with them and find what works best for you. For me it's a combination of techniques that have become second nature and act as checks and balances to ensure I'm getting things as sharp as possible. Foreground elements are important but not critical to astro but it does seem that the most captivating images contain foreground. Sometimes this means image blending in post.

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