DIANA'S BLOG



Palouse Falls, Eastern Washington State

Last year I tried to photograph the Milky Way over Palouse Falls in Eastern Washington State but my brother and I were chased out by wildfires. I went back this year even though I wasn’t sure I would be able to get the shot due to the rainy weather. In fact, I waited out the rain for four days at my campsite before it finally cleared on the fifth night. However, the moon didn’t set until 2:00 a.m. which meant that I would have to be out very late to get the dark sky and be able to see the Milky Way. By that time the center of the Milky Way would have moved westward and wouldn’t be close to the Falls. So I set up a very wide shot to try to compensate for all of this. I shot two shots, one for the foreground which was partially moonlit and one for the Milky Way. The Milky Way was shot taken at 25 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 4000, white balance 4000K. The moonlit shot was taken for five minutes, f/2.8, ISO 2000, white balance 4000K with long exposure noise reduction turned on.

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