I miss the stars! It's one thing that we struggle to see and appreciate here in Hong Kong due to the light pollution of the city. I look back on my time in Botswana and many a night staring up at the stars and galaxies passing over head; it makes one feel very small and insignificant at times, which I believe is good for all of us at time when we become caught up in our day to day lives.
Photographing the night sky on the other hand can be a real challenge and will require a good tripod, long exposures and often that stacking and overlaying of multiple image in a software package like Photoshop to obtain the desired image.
Check out some tips on producing some outstanding night sky images by National Geographic and review some of the images that have been sent in by their readers.
Also check out Craig Goodwin's site who shot this image on the right also for some more incredible images.
By: Craig Goodwin
After five hours of wandering the rim of Palouse Falls in Washington State I arrived at this scene of the Milky Way Galaxy and the Falls. I took a 25-second exposure for the stars and then, in the next moment, pointed my camera into the pitch-darkness of the canyon and opened the shutter for around 10 minutes. I stacked the two images and hand-blended the horizon line. What you see is what was revealed by using available light and the right combination of ISO, shutter speed, and f-stop.