John Watkins

John Watkins

This is a view of the Milky Way at the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Although it is not a unique location by any means (I have shot it before), it is a spectacular place and I am really pleased with the results. Also, it was the first time we had gotten back to Yellowstone since the pandemic, and re-visiting this magnificent park and one of my favorite locations was special. This was shot with a Sony a7iv and without the use of light painting. The night sky is 7 exposures at f/2.0, 15 seconds, ISO 6400 stacked in Starry Landscape Tracker. The falls and the land were a single exposure of about 3 minutes at the same settings. Blended in Photoshop using Brad’s technique. It really was not difficult to process because the images were so good. I’m extremely happy with my Sony a7iv, which seems to have the right blend of technology for night sky photography. I’m particularly impressed with the clean rendering (very little noise) of the foreground.

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