Hello, thank you for checking out this image! I'm @david_wilson_mfx, a Northern California photographer. I am totally thrilled to share with you via @universetoday .
The Milky Way reaches across the sky above the South Fork Eel River and the giant Redwoods at Women's Federation Grove (California Federation of Women's Clubs Grove) in Humboldt Redwoods State Park on the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt County, California. Photographed at 12:25AM on June 25, 2017.
It's all a single exposure. There was no moon that night, nor any artificial light to illuminate the terrestrial objects, so I provided my own with some creative usage of a simple flashlight. Its LED beam was a little on the cool side, so I used the warmer-toned fabric of one of my wife's filmy scarves to shine it through and warm it up.
Standing behind the camera and shining the light around would make a pretty flat scene, so I needed to bring the light source more to the side. While the camera's shutter was open, I had 30 seconds to run to the side and bathe the foreground in a little light, then begin running up and down the bank shining my light across the river at the Redwoods on the far side to illuminate them. I got a bit of exercise, for I made several attempts before I had the light right (enough), as it was hard to light everything up correctly, foreground and background, in 30 seconds while running up and down the riverbank on the loose, sandy gravel.
Thank you very much to UniverseToday and Fraser Cain for reaching out to me and offering this opportunity share my images. I am honored, totally thrilled, and I greatly appreciate it.
Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8 at 14mm
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