There are night pictures of the sky. Then there are Dave Morrow‘s amazing Milky Way photographs. This Seattle based photographer caught some media attention lately with his beautiful landscape pictures. His Instagram picture of the stars apparently “erupting” above Mount Rainer went viral.
Not surprisingly, Morrow’s crowd sourced favorite made him a finalist in this year’s Smithsonian photo contest. Morrow said he used a Nikkor 14-24mm f/ 2.8 G lens with his Nikon D800 camera to make the 30 second exposure.
Morrow shares how he takes his pictures on his site. He says, “Every time I take pictures of the Milky Way I am in awe of two things. First, how bright the stars are when there is no light pollution around. Second, how many more stars the camera can ‘see’ over a 30 second exposure that our own eyes can not.”
Olympia Peninsula is one of his favorite places to photograph the Milky Way because of the combination of beach and water. You can see more of his extraordinary Milky Way photographs here.