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I decided to take on the #natgeoguidelineschallenge with one of the many shots from my 4th Milky Way attempt in California earlier this month -- I followed the NatGeo guidelines, which included making minimal blanket edits only (no cloning, brushes, masking, etc.) 🌌
Considering I'm new to MW photography and the post-editing game, this was a relatively simple task for me, as I have not gone too deep into the detailed edits that most astrophotographers spend time on. This is a single shot (I used my headlamp to light the foreground) and was trying to light up the flowing river at the bottom of the frame. I was unsuccessful with this shot, but may be able to pull it out with more advanced editing later. Regardless, I still thought this image worked well for this @natgeo challenge, as the trees created a natural window, opening up to the perfectly aligned galactic core (thanks to @photopills and my composition prep work earlier in the day). Walking through the woods away from the camp sites in the pitch dark to set up at this spot was one of the more scary moments of my life. I kept turning my head waiting to see eyes staring back at me (bear, monster, night king, etc.). I took several shots at this location around midnight, but the alignment wasn't quite right. So I returned to civilization, circled the campground shooting other comps and returned at 2:45am when the alignment was better and captured the image you're seeing here.
Per the @natgeoyourshot guidelines I've included the edited image, a screenshot of the raw file imported in LR, and a screenshot showing the basic edits applied. This was by far the highest quality capture of the MW that I've taken to date (made possible by the minimal light pollution being in Wawona, on top of this being taken during a new moon). It really was the perfect storm, allowing just these basic edits to create an image that I'm already proud of. I can't wait to dive deeper into the detailed editing on these shots, but figured I'd start off with this challenge 🤙 🌌 #milkywaychasers #astrophotography #teamcanon
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