When I initially planned to capture a full Milky Way Arch over Dorgan House, I had my doubts about whether it would be feasible. My biggest concern was that I lacked a lens wide enough to take the photograph, so I had to rely on my GigaPan panorama device to execute the shot. To my pleasant surprise, the final result turned out to be quite impressive.
Taking a photograph of the Milky Way Galaxy requires a combination of knowledge, the right equipment, careful planning, and a bit of luck. I was fortunate enough to have all of these factors aligned during my recent visit to the Big Bend area. I embarked on a mile-long hike to the Dorgan House ruins, carrying a camera bag, my GigaPan, a light kit, and a couple of tripods. The hike was thankfully quite easy and the terrain was flat, making it a breeze to navigate.
This image was taken with my Sony A7R IV using my Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 Lens set on 16mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/4, shutter speed at 30 seconds, and ISO set at 3200. I used a tripod for stability and my GigaPan Epic Pro panorama device to capture three rows of four photographs to cover the entire Milkyway Galaxy. I lit the scene with my Coast HP7R flashlight. I stitched together the twelve photos and did preliminary processing in Lightroom and completed it in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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