Astrophotography and specifically photographing the Milky Way is not an easy pursuit. In my opinion however, there are very few photographs that have as much existential impact as a landscape at night- set against the backdrop of the endless galaxies that make up the Milky Way. This is one of the biggest factors for me that makes the adventure such a rewarding experience. The extreme landscape scenario presents a whole different game, and pushes the equipment/gear to extremes also.
Learning to shoot within the limits of the equipment you have is a great exercise and opportunity and it’s a phenomenal tutorial to push one’s own limits beyond the comfort zone. After a few times of night shooting you’ll become more familiar with your equipment and learn the limits of what you can do with it. Then if one is inclined, they’ll be a better understanding of what direction to go if one wants to make upgrades.
I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of early summer, so that I may begin again my efforts to improve upon my attempts of shooting the Milky Way. There is an infinity of room for improvement. It’s a humbling pursuit,… in so many ways!
Light and Love, – Leslie