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Photographing the Milky Way often results in hours of planning, shooting, and editing. Doug and I arrived at Death Valley around 6 PM hoping for a colorful, pink second sunset; However, due to lack of clouds, there was no second sunset. Although one of our plan to shoot sunset was a fail, clear skies gave us big hopes to see the Milky Way.

April to September is the best time of the year to photograph the Milky Way because center of the Milky Way is visible from northern hemisphere. Almost exactly a year ago from today, my infamous Milky Way photo at Nelson was photographed. Enough with the talks, let’s take a look at the photos.

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It was literally the perfect weather for Milky Way shooting. No clouds, calm wind, and 70 degree weather. I always say, night photography is 60% planning, 35% editing, and 5% shooting. Yes, the shooting takes a long time, especially if you’re doing time lapse and/or star trails. But don’t forget you can never make your Milky Way look like what it is like these photos without some enhancements.

I have to give credit to Doug for making a perfect orb for this shot. I tried it myself previously, but it was really difficult to make it look like an orb.

All in all, this one day trip to Death Valley was a successful run. I would love to go back and shoot for Milky Way at variety of locations since it’s naturally have a dark sky. But be aware of city light from Las Vegas (East) and Barstow (South). Special thanks to Doug for making this trip possible.

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