Photographing the Milky Way
With each new moon the dark sky provides a great chance at seeing the milky way...if the skies are clear. On one such cold morning I drove up Caeser's Head to photograph the Milky Way over Greenville South Carolina. Even with the light pollution from the city of Greenville the Milky Way was somewhat visible in the sky. However camera sensors are capable of seeing even more of the light from the billions of stars than I could see by eye. I used a fast Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lens set wide open at f/1.4 and an exposure time of 15 to 20 seconds to maximize the amount of light to the camera sensor to make these photos possible.
During another new moon I was in the Catskill Mountains in New York staying at the relaxing Mountain Brook Lodge in Tannersville. The owner recommended this great view of the mountains which was perfect for capturing a panorama of the Milky Way over Tannersville and Haines Falls.