Location: Cherohala Skyway Tellico Plains, Tn
This was one of my first times trying to photograph the milky way and adding subjects in the shot as well. Although there has been some retouching done to these images the girls and the sky were captured at the same time in the same frame and not photoshopped together. I love the technical side of photography and it was nice to get some friends together and be able to go play and practice new methods. For these images I set my camera settings to capture the sky which meant that the shutter had to be open for 15-20 seconds per image then added some off camera lights to light up the girls. One issue we ran into was that the girls had to hold still for the full 15-20 second while the image was being taken or they would leave a shadow over part of the sky. The second problem was that since we had to do this late at night there was dew and it was hard to keep all of our equipment especially our lenses dry. All in all it was a great time and well worth it to learn some new techniques.