The Milky Way Arch – A Panoramic Journey!

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. Twenty images stacked and blended together using Lightroom and Photoshop. Nikon D810, Nikkor 14mm-24mm at 14mm, 15 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 8000. © Prashant Naik

By Prashant Naik

The rising of the Milky Way is perhaps one of the most beautiful phenomena one can witness. A white, hazy band of light arches across the night sky, in a dazzling display of cosmic radiance—the kind of magic that leaves us forever enchanted and amazed. For stargazers, it’s a moment of celestial splendor and, for photographers, it’s a kind of spiritual moment when they are at the peak of their creative madness. Me? I am just a dreamer!

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Showcase 2021 Winner: Naona Wallin

Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancements, image by Naona Wallin
Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancements (STEVE), Ketchikan, Alaska, 2021 Showcase Judges’ Choice, Scapes © Naona Wallin

Artist’s statement

Photographing STEVE was on my photo bucket list. Although I’ve seen the northern lights many times this was the first and only time, I’ve seen this rare astro-phenomena. It was bright at first then faded very quickly. I feel extremely fortunate to have squeezed off eight frames. This image of STEVE reflects my goal of capturing wildlife and wild lands few people see first-hand.

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Milky Way Photography: The Basics

The Milky Way looms over an arch in the Alabama Hills. When you have more zoom, the Milky Way will appear larger in context to the foreground. © Peter Zelinka
The Milky Way looms over an arch in the Alabama Hills. When you have more zoom, the Milky Way will appear larger in context to the foreground. © Peter Zelinka

By Peter Zelinka

The Milky Way “season” is generally considered to run from April through October. By that we mean that the galactic core, or center, of the Milky Way galaxy is visible in the Northern Hemisphere and astrophotographers have the best chances of capturing, well, stellar images. But there’s a lot more to successful Milky Way photography than that. This article excerpts some tips from a NANPA webinar I did a while back. The complete webinar is available in the Members’ Area of the NANPA website.

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Light Side Up featuring Nate Luebbe

The Nature Photographer episode #4 on Wild & Exposed Podcast

© Nate Luebbe

NANPA member and Sony ambassador Nate Luebbe tells Dawn, Ron, and Michael about sending a Sony a7S III up more than 120,000 feet in a hot air balloon to capture 4K video of the aurora borealis. Find out how this remarkable idea hatched, and hear the engineering research, meteorological considerations, and FAA regulations that Nate and his small team had to balance to capture cinema-quality footage shot at 102,400 ISO.

…And if you happen to find that $10 styrofoam cooler with a 10-foot red parachute attached to it, well, you’ll find out how to reach Nate on this episode, too.

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Coping with COVID: Group Photo Gatherings During a Pandemic

Milky Way over Mt. Rainier  Just before Sunrise from the August Outing © Dan Clements
Milky Way over Mt. Rainier Just before Sunrise from the August Outing © Dan Clements

Photos and story by Dan Clements

While the COVID-19 pandemic has upended most people’s lives, it has especially impacted travel and gatherings of groups. Camera clubs had to switch to zoom meetings. Meetup groups canceled events. Opportunities to go out and shoot with a bunch of fellow photographers were virtually nonexistent. This is the story of how one nature photography club learned to live with COVID: what has changed, what has worked, and how we have managed successful group gatherings over the summer. It appears that we will be dealing with the pandemic well into 2021, so this is also a road map of how we will proceed in the coming months.

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Weekly Wow! Week of January 13, 2020

Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: "Star Trails Over Mono Lake, Mono Lake, Eastern Sierra California © Alice Cahill.
Showcase 2020 Top 100 winner: “Star Trails Over Mono Lake, Mono Lake, Eastern Sierra California © Alice Cahill.

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, January 13, 2020.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2020 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. The 2020 edition of Expressions contains all of the top 250 photos from the Showcase competition as well as interesting and insightful articles. Pre-order your copy by January 17 and save $5!

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Weekly Wow! Week of December 30, 2019

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: " Burchell's Zebras Horsing Around, Etosha National Park, Namibia " © Karen Hunt.
Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: ” Burchell’s Zebras Horsing Around, Etosha National Park, Namibia ” © Karen Hunt.

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, December 30, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website. 

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Weekly Wow! Week of March 4, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: Colorado Columbine, Colorado © Mike Walker.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: Colorado Columbine, Colorado © Mike Walker.

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, March 4, 2019.  To view all of the top 250 photographs from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.

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Weekly Wow! Week of January 21, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: "In the Heat of Battle, Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska" © Lindsay Donald

Showcase 2018 Top 100 winner: “In the Heat of Battle, Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska” © Lindsay Donald

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, January 21, 2019.  We recently began highlighting the best photos from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition.  To view all of the top 250 photographs, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.

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Weekly Wow! Week of January 7, 2019

All of this week’s Weekly Wow! images can be seen in the slideshow on the NANPA homepage at nanpa.org.

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: "Preening Ibis, Bolsa Chica Wetlands, California" © Karen Schuenemann

Showcase 2019 Top 100 winner: “Preening Ibis, Bolsa Chica Wetlands, California” © Karen Schuenemann

The following Showcase images have been selected to appear on the NANPA home page for the week beginning Monday, January 7, 2019.  With these images, we begin highlighting the best photos from NANPA’s 2019 Showcase competition.  To see all of the top 250 photographs, see the photo gallery on the NANPA website.

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