Nikon D600 - 1600 - f/5.0 - 269/1 - 14 mm
..:: WegaRise ::..
Thickening cloud cover made it very tough to realize a decent shot of the Milky Way's center while it was rising in the southeast. With Wega (the bright star in the center of the image) fairly low in the eastern sky, it's a sign that the center of our galaxy is 2 hours away from rising in the southeast.
Instead I captured other types of dust and gas: 'ordinary' clouds that reflected light from distant cities over the horizon: light pollution. In this case, the complementary contrast added a warm feeling to this otherwise bland picture.
Due to the rotation of the earth, photographers are rather limited to 30 seconds of exposure without specialized gear to be able to freeze the night sky. Any longer and the stars will streak across the sky, seemingly rotating around Polaris, the north star.
This is the first time that I succesfully took two separate shots of the stars and the foreground. We do this to reduce noise in darker parts of a photograph, while keep showing the stars as points instead of streaks.
WegaRise was captured at the west bank of the "IJsselmeer" (near Den Oever, Netherlands) with the D600 at 14mm.
The sky: f/2.8, 30s, ISO6400
The foreground: f/5, 4m-19s, ISO1600.
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