I continue to push the limits of my D7000, as far as night photography (and my distaste for digital noise) will allow. This series is shot from three locations at the cottage resort, relatively near to each other, but presenting different foreground challenges. I do not even pretend that these night shots are of the calibre I see from other photographers, but In general, I'm pleased with what I was able to bring out.
The first challenge was actually finding the Milky Way. I was really amazed at just how much light pollution this little community created, between a few street lights and the abundance (perhaps over-abundance) of solar deck and path lighting. Fortunately, I have a great little app on my phone called Photo Pils, that gives me all sorts of information about night photography, including an Augmented Reality view of the night sky. This was incredibly useful! I just calibrated the app, then pointed my camera phone at the sky and as I turned in place, the Milky Way became clear. Or rather, where the Milky Way should have been became clear. Then it was just a simple matter of lining up my camera.
ISO's range from 2000 to 3200. Aperture is f/2.8 for every shot, exposure times between 20 - 25 seconds. All images captured using my Rokinon 14mm lens.
While these images may not be the stunning compositions of the Milky Way many of us have seen, I hope this project goes to show that a fair amount can be done to create something interesting even when the conditions aren't ideal.