My Favorite Astrophotography Photos to Date

April 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


I really, really like astrophotography.  But it has some drawbacks: you are out are most or all of the night, so it is really hard on sleep.  The photos are time-consuming to set up and take, so if I come away with 5 really good ones in a night, that is pretty good.  They require good timing and a lot of research: when will the moon be up?  is it clear?  which way will the Milky Way be, and when?  I usually need to do at least two trips: the first one is to scout the location during the day so I know exactly where I want to be.  Plus, for the most part, there is one major angle: the Milky Way.  I am trying other angles, however, like moonlight, reflections, obstructed views, people in the landscape at night, and so on.  Some people do it way better than me.  Paul Zizka comes to mind.  


I've been using a 35mm lens, which is probably double the focal length that I should use.  That causes me to take a lot of frames and stitch them together, increasing the degree of difficulty.  The resultant shots, however, are very large: 70-100 megapixels or more.


With all this said, below are some of my favorite astrophotography photos taken to date:


Kolor stitching | 23 pictures | Size: 29799 x 24906 | Lens: Standard | RMS: 2.37 | FOV: 237.51 x 79.07 ~ 33.92 | Projection: Cylindrical | Color: LDR |

This photos was taken at Bryce Canyon National Park.  When the Milky Way is low in the sky, it looks curved.  I like this photo because I (finally) got the curve of the Milky Way, plus it was silhouetted (partially obstructed) by trees.   I hope to take more photos like this.





These two photos were taken at Heart Lake in Adirondack (State) Park.  They are some of my very few astrophotography reflection photos.  



This photo was taken looking south toward Monument Valley, in southern Utah.


This photo was taken at Snow Canyon State Park in Utah.  There was just enough light from a distant town to reflect off the underside of the clouds.  



This is Mt. Assiniboine, Canada.  I hiked 20 miles alone over two days, in prime grizzly habitat, to get in position to take this photo.  A clear night was not guaranteed.


This vertical panorama was taken in Canyonlands National Park.  It is the result of about 15 stitched photos.  






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