My Attempt at the Milky Way

Milky Way Over Glacier Point

Been wanting to try my hand on night photography. Since my youngest daughter wanted to see the stars I packed up the family. drinks, food and camera stuff and headed to Glacier Point. I don’t own a good fast wide angle lens so my two choices was my 50mm f/1.8 and my 17-40mm f/4. I made a few shots with my 50mm and decided to switch to the 17-40. Since I couldn’t see through the view finder, I had to take a few test photos to verify it was focused. Took several shots and we headed home. In the “heat of the moment” or just being dense, I didn’t realize I shot it at 40mm and not 17mm until the next day going through the shots. Thought I’d at least post the two photos I liked and planning on another trip soon (darn)…

Milky Way Over Glacier Point

Mike Matenkosky

Mike is a Central Valley California landscape and nature photographer whose subjects include scenes from Merced County, Yosemite, SeKi, and the eastern Sierra. He is currently living in Atwater, CA.

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  1. Proof that light pollution exists. When you get away from the cities there is so much more to see. Years ago, working a night rally near Wellsville PA, I learned what dark really is! We can go to places in the Laurel Highlands, up on the Ridge, and see views like this, but you have to go in deep.

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  2. Absolutely STUNNING night sky photos, Mike!!!!!!

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