The skies over the Space Coast and Central Florida were quite clear this (Tuesday) morning, and the Moon was generally cooperative in setting at 12:52am, which made it a great morning for Milky Way hunting.
I wanted to head further inland to try some new locations, but in the interest of getting at least *some* sleep, I stuck with the nearby Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area and was not disappointed.
I had settled on a spot where the road led perfectly in the direction of Mars (low, bright and to the left of center), but a few minutes after I arrived some ground fog moved in, so I went in further to this location for a few quick shots.
Despite the fog .25 miles behind me, the air was very clear (normally, the flashlight would be refracted through the humidity) and it was just a lovely scene.
For the technical details, this is my first time using Canon's in-camera long-exposure noise reduction feature. I confess that I'm not really sure it helped, especially because I was using a shorter exposure time (10-seconds vs. 25-seconds). But this was shot at ISO5000, 10-seconds and f2.8 with a Canon 5D4 and a Rokinon 12mm full-frame fish-eye lens. Edits were done in Lightroom, Dfine2 (more noise reduction) and then Photoshop (removal of a short airplane streak).
(Photo by Michael Seeley)
Sometimes life gives you lemons, sometimes life gives you money.. In my case life gave me the worst picture ever, with my iPhone cause I forgot my “real” camera.