In the Northern Hemisphere, the Milky way galaxy is visible from March to November. Depending on the time of year, you can see it as soon as dusk, and as late as dawn. At the beginning of March, it begins to creep out very late around 4 am. As the months progress and we make our way into summer, you can see it by 10 pm. The best time to view it is during a new moon because the less light, the more visible the galaxy is. That is why you would not be able to see it in a big city that is full of lights. The further away from light pollution, the better, and more visible the milky way galaxy, and just the starts in general will be.
The milky way galaxy can be seen with the naked eye, and if you have never seen it before, I highly suggest you go out and experience it! On a warm summer night, drive out into the country, or the outskirts of your town where there isn't much light pollution, and check it out for yourself. It is an amazing sight to see and recommend everyone checks it out at least once in their life!
Here is a gallery of some of my favorite milky way photos I've taken over the last couple years. Locations include Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, Lompoc, and Yosemite National Park.
Recently I did a shoot with my friend Raylynn during golden hour at the Oceano Dunes. It was a beautiful sunset, and we walked away with some great images. We wanted to change it up and do some landscape style images, but with a person in them to add a sense of scale. Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot.
Back in April, I went up to the top of Cuesta Ridge in San Luis Obispo with some friends to shoot sunset. There was low fog over the city, and above the fog was a thick layer of clouds. It wasn't looking like there was going to be a very good sunset, but it was beautiful regardless. Out of nowhere, there was a little bit of a clearing in the sky, and right as the sun hit the horizon, the sky become very vibrant and ended up being one of the best sunsets I have ever seen.
Below on the left is a photo from that gorgeous sunset, and on the right is a composite of the same photo. I've been practicing more and more in Photoshop recently and am stoked with how this composite image turned out!
A couple weeks ago, the coast of Malibu was completely covered in coastal fog for a few days. The first day I went, I was disappointed because I was looking forward to hanging out at the beach, but I realized that if I went high enough in the mountains, I could find a really cool viewpoint from above the fog.
Heading north on Highway 1, I went up Deer creek road which I had gone up a few times previously. I started losing hope as I was heading up the mountain until I finally saw an opening in the fog. I found a pull off on the side of the road, hopped out of my car, and turned around to one of the craziest views I have ever seen. Talk about being left speechless. The fog covered the ocean for as far as I could see, and the sun was just starting to drop below the horizon. I'm sure most of you can agree with me when I say fog is incredibly annoying, especially when driving through it, but wow, it truly is a beautiful sight from above.
Until next time,