Pagosa Springs Star Trails and the Milky Way

284/366: Star Trails and the Milky Way

Returned home yesterday from an amazing 10 day road trip. Most of the trip was spent in Pagosa Springs Colorado and the surrounding area. I had a goal of capturing star trails and the Milky Way on this trip and I was surprised when I was able to capture both in the same shot. This was my second attempt at shooting star trails and I’m extremely pleased with how it turned out.

This is a composite of 40 photos.. each with an exposure time of 25 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 3200 – 14mm. (5 seconds between each photo). I used the interval timer on my D810 to capture the photos. It took a lot of work (trial and error) to get this shot with the correct and desired composition, but it was worth the work.

The Milky Way is gliding across the top and Pagosa Peak is silhouetted to the right as we spin through the galaxy. I truly can just stare at this photos for hours.