Milky Way over Maui, Hawaii

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EDIT: Second shot now added with less waves and better sky exposure.

Hey all, been a while since I've done much with my camera. So nice to be getting back in to it again.

Taken on my week on the Hawaiian island of Maui last week. I spent the whole week trying to get a decent shot of this but cloud cover kept me at bay right up until the final night, when I managed to get the kind of shot I was after, which was one including some foreground interest. In this instance it was the shoreline with the waves crashing on the rocks, which I painted over with a torch during the exposure.

I also did a write up on my blog about my efforts to photograph the Milky Way, along with more images, including one taken in total darkness with the D3s, hand held for 2 seconds at ISO 102,400 - crazy stuff. Check it out here.



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D3, 14-24, F2.8, ISO 6400, 30 seconds
 
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I dont understand how you still get details on the water and not all silky for 30 second shutter? Was it pitch black and you used flash?


EDIT: NM.. I reread your post.
 

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Okay I've read everything and I'm still confused as to how you got a shot like this at f2.8? It is a very striking image though, thanks for posting.
 
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Too noise in the sky... I would reduce the ISO

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Okay I've read everything and I'm still confused as to how you got a shot like this at f2.8? It is a very striking image though, thanks for posting.
Camera is set to f2.8, manually focused to infinity
ISO is set to 6400 to let in as much light as possible during the 30 second exposure (any longer than 30 seconds at 14mm and the starts begin to blur from movement)

I've added a second shot to the first post as I found another that had less waves and a better exposure in the sky.
 

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Been too long since we last saw you stuff - great to see and really a fantastic sight to behold! I also really like how you've brought in the sea and waves into the shot to kind of "ground" the shot and bring into the picture what was there at the time to see.


And now to put Hawaii on my list of places to visit
 

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everyone loves outspace stuff, i had no idea you could see that much detail from hawaii, wow... i don't think the waves help the picture any though, it's such a small part at the bottom that it just gets lost. if you didn't mention the waves in the description i wouldn't have even noticed them, i was too distracted by the stars

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Thanks for the replies all, appreciated.

Regarding the comments about the foreground, there are a couple of no foreground shots on my blog link. I like these as well but find them a little boring. The foreground for me adds an element of interest and helps ground the sky and give it context. All personal opinions though. Either way it was an amazing sight :D
 

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