During a February visit to Death Valley on a workshop, I got up extra early one more to try a nightscape capture. The Milky Way core was (mostly) not visible at this time of year, but I like how you can just make out the edges just above the horizon. I was not planning to also get a carlight trail, but another early rise happened to be driving by when I was taking the exposure for the foreground.
Specific Feedback and Self-Critique
Without the full Milky Way core in all its glory, do you still find this engaging?
that’s a really beautiful nightscape image. The road and the car light trail lead the eye nicely to the core. And I like the detail with the street sign ironically pointing to the stars high in the sky.
Maybe I would try to dodge and burn the faint milky way core that peeks over the horizon. But just a little bit.
What bothers me a bit about the picture are the city lights. They are quite bright and distract the eye.
I would say yes. But I may also be a little biased. Because I really like the Antares region and those stars are popping nicely.
By the way, did you use a starglow filter? The large stars stand out well against the sky. And you can see their color well.
Thank you, @Jens_Ober. I also found the street sign a fun detail to include. I did some dodging and burning in the core area, but will try out a bit more. I used a starglow filter, Tiffen Star-Mist. I am liking how it emphasizes the larger stars.