Montauk Point, May 11, 2018.
It was after 8pm and quickly getting dark. What was supposed to be a nice dinner at local restaurant turned into a rush to the beach. Bad weather was coming in fast. And the darker it got, the more dangerous the walk to the beach. Following the light from our headlamps, myself and a small group of photographers carefully walked down the treacherous stony shore to the sea. Jennifer Khordi, the workshop leader, got everyone set up quickly and we got into it. The night sky was filled with stars like I had never seen. And that was why I wanted to be there. I needed to see that. All those stars and the Milky Way.
I was disappointed when the Milky Way rose at 11pm. I thought it was going to look like the photograph here. It didn't. It looked like an actor without stage makeup. The Milky Way was simply a thin cloud in the sky. But that's why I was a the workshop, I wanted to learn the techniques to create an image of the Milky Way. Briefly, I had a wide-angle lens on my camera on top of a tripod. I pressed the shutter with a remote switch to avoid any vibrations in the camera and held the shutter open about 15 seconds. That was followed by a little post-processing in Photoshop to bring out the colors. I was thrilled to have my very own Milky Way shot.