Franz Josef Milky Way

Franz Josef Milky Way – ISO 320, 14mm, f/2.8, 1/30th second, Sony A7Rii, Tripod

Franz Josef Milky Way

Last night Jai and I walked out to the bridge by Franz Joseph twice. The first time was to photography the sunset and the second was to get the Milky Way before moonrise. This is probably the darkest night I have been able to get out and shoot the stars and wow, what a difference.

The image was edited in Lightroom to bring out the details in the stars. Obviously the naked eye does not see this many stars, but a digital camera with a long exposure is able to pick up the light. Increasing the clarity and playing with highlights and blacks gets this result. Oh, I also used photoshop to bring up the detail in the mountains by increasing the exposure on a copy of the image then using a layer mask to bring the highlights through to the front.

Im seriously considering buying my onw 14mm f/2.8 Rokinon after Jai returns to Chicago. The lens is so good at astrophotography and also as a general use lens.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at