Congratulations to our Top Pic of the Week, Greg Milunich for his starry captures. Carrying his Canon 6D, Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens, Greg visited Sky Lake, a Camp and Retreat Center, located in Windsor, New York. Using his Manfrotto tripod to steady his shots, each exposure was 30 seconds. Check out the production of these amazing photos.
I have been chasing the Milky Way for about two years now. Shooting at night brings peaceful moments that awakens my soul. Sky Lake is a soulful place for me, so it was natural for me to want to combine them. I grew up going to summer camp there where we would lay on the grass and gaze at the stars. I hadn’t been there in a while. I decided it was time to visit the stars over the lake again. The weather was optimal with clearing skies, so I rolled the dice and went. I knew exactly where on the lake I wanted to be. The swimming area gave a wide open view across the lake. I wanted some interest in the foreground. To my dismay the sky was mostly clouded over so I tried some shots to just get the breaks in the clouds first. As I saw it start to clear I positioned myself on the dock over the water and shot facing the south/west. I at first under exposed and then corrected to get the Milky Way shot.
I use a travel Manfrotto tripod it is small enough to carry frequently and sturdy enough for even the coldest night shoots. I have to be careful to not process too much because to avoid the star trails I have to increase my ISO to between 1600 and 3200. I always tend to overexpose them and bring it down in post to make sure I get the stars shining.
Ironically, I shot this almost exactly a year after my Canon 60d and Sigma 10-20mm were stolen. I had been night shooting and they were taken out of my car. I turned to KEH to get back shooting again. I recommend everyone try night shooting at some point. It can give you a new perspective on the world. I was working with another photographer that night and helping him to learn some of my night shooting tricks. My biggest advice is to never stop learning or challenging yourself.
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