It was a nice cool night. We picked up a few beers and headed for the spot. Somewhere dark, really dark, where you could see the milky way with the naked eye! We headed for the wind turbines on the mountains over Plaka. Not too far from city light pollution but it would do the job for now.
It was a spectacular view. We just stopped for a moment and gazed the amazing space above us. The milky way bridge was clear and it was right there!
I made my plans before that night, checked the weather to make sure there was a clear sky and checked the Stellarium Windows app to make sure the milky way will be exactly where I need it to be. It takes time to find a perfect spot too. We had to be at least 15-20km away from city lights. We weren’t but oh well.
Of course our gear wasn’t the ideal for this photoshoot but who really cares? I set up my camera and captured the first image. Then I opened the first can of beer. The galaxy was just over the village of Elounda, it’s bright lights made it a little difficult for us to capture all the details but when I looked at my camera 40 sec later my mind was blown! It was the first attempt to shoot the galaxy and I have to say I was impressed. Of course it was not the best image of the night but a pretty impressive one if you consider our equipment. A small APS-C sensor on a Nikon D3200 with the stock lenses 18-55mm.
The image was shot at:
20″ exposure time
18mm focal length
Didn’t change my settings, made sure one more time I was at infinite focus and shoot another one. Amazing! You could easily see the milky way over Elounda! Needed a bit of processing later on lightroom but it was there!
We carried on taking pictures until 2 in the morning in various locations. Love everyone of them.
Check them out and let me know what you think about the milky way over Elounda!
See you on the 13th of September for another photoshoot of the galaxy, this time with my new camera, a Nikon D750!