📍 Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California I’d like to start out by stating that there is no way the human eye can see the night sky exactly like this. You really see the Milky Way clearly with your naked eye if you are in an area with little light pollution like this one, it's just not as bright and colorful as the camera can capture it. This is a vertical panorama of the Pfeiffer Beach archway in Big Sur on the Central California coast. The panorama consists of about 5 shots overlapping starting from looking straight at the sea stack all the way to almost completely overhead to capture a significant portion of the Milky Way.
I would like to share that my favorite image from last year has been nominated for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award. I would appreciate if you visit the link below (or in my bio) and vote! http://tiny.cc/astrocontest
📍 Mount Tamalpais, Marin County, California 🌁 Fog City
📍 Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pescadero, California Guiding light At 115ft (47m) Pigeon Point is the tallest lighthouse on the west coast of the United States. Located between Santa Cruz and San Francisco it has been guiding ships approaching the California coast since 1872.
📍 Boot Arch, Alabama Hills, California If like me you don't understand where the name of the arch (Boot Arch) came from - look inside the arch! This arch is one of many located in Alabama Hills - rock formations on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada.
📍 Yolo County, Central Valley, California 🌻 Sunflowers blooming in California's Central Valley
📍 Bixby Creek Bridge, Big Sur, California Milky Way rising over the moonlit Big Sur coastline Big Sur has been called 'The Greatest Meeting of Land & Water in the world'. Located two hours south of the San Francisco Bay Area this mountainous stretch of the California coast is easily accessible and yet undeveloped and sparsely populated. There is virtually no light pollution here which makes this a perfect destination for night photography. The only source of light apart from the stars was a setting crescent moon and the occasional lights of a car driving on the Pacific Coast Highway. This was my first time using an equatorial mount (known commonly as a star tracker). Rotating at the same speed as the Earth (just in the opposite direction) it enabled me to take 2 minute longer exposures of the sky without any trailing of the stars. 📸 Nikon D600 with a Samyang 24mm lens 🔭 iOptron SkyTracker Pro Sky: f/2 | 120s | ISO 1600 | 8 images stacked FG: f/8 | 13s | ISO 100 | 3 image pano
📍 Upper Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona A beam of light radiating down the Antelope slot canyon. When this phenomenon occurs midday during the summer it's impossible to take a bad photo here.
📍 Cathedral Rock, Kiama, New South Wales, Australia My first Milky Way of the year is also my first ever from the Southern Hemisphere. To capture it last weekend I took a train from Sydney to a coastal town of Kiama and once the sun set I made my way into the cave and waited for a few hours for the core of the Milky Way to come out. Not familiar with the Southern Sky I was surprised to also see Jupiter appear soon after (it's the brightest object to the left of the sea stack).
📍 Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge under a stormy sunset.
📍 Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands, California Low fog engulfing the Golden Gate Bridge during a spring sunrise.
📍 Bay Bridge, San Francisco, California This winter's sunrise over the Bay Bridge.