Milky Way over the Outer Banks
I spent the weekend in the Outer Banks on the North Carolina shore. I've been out there several times, and enjoy shooting the lighthouses in the area. One thing I've wanted to do for a while is to shoot the Bodie Island Lighthouse with the Milky Way. Bodie Island is the perfect lighthouse for it, as the beacon doesn't rotate, it illuminates like a light bulb, on and off. The "off" cycle is long enough to shoot the night sky, so the trick is to trip the shutter just as the light is going out, so you get some light, but it isn't blown out. Plus I had to find that window between the end of summer-season hotel rates in the OBX and when the MW is no longer visible, and throw in as little moonlight as possible.
2 - The boardwalk through through the asfawref makes for a nice leading line. Catching a little more of the beacon helped illuminate some of the moisture in the air Friday night.
3 - There was just a sliver of the crescent Moon out Saturday. It set a short time later.