Wonderful! The lens is giving you perfect stars in the corners and you have a wonderful sky with very low noise. A very nice job of compositing the two exposures, too.
The sky is so nice, I long to see more of it. I agree with @Jens_Ober that the FG story doesn’t need so much of the frame. I think if the camera had been aimed higher it would increase the importance of both the FG and the sky, odd as that may sound.
From your northern latitude, the Milky Way is more interesting in spring, when it is rising to the east. It will be at more of an angle, and the interesting galactic center will be a little more visible. You have the gear and processing skills to do some very nice night sky images.
Thanks! Aiming upward is a good tip! I agree the comp would be stronger with less foreground.
Unfortunately things are pretty brown here until late May, so we are pretty limited for spring shooting. The high pressure systems that result in good milky way weather are a summer thing, generally. April showers bring May flowers… Usually the entire galactic center is visible during the summer, this location is at a few thousand feet on a mountaintop which led to the bottom of it being cut off a bit by the elevated horizon. It would all be visible in most locations.
Thanks! The season will start again soon, I will keep that in mind. Great to get feedback from everyone, very helpful. I shoot a lot of wide angle landscape and its easy to get in that frame of mind where you want to fill the foreground. Obviously that did not happen here…
Such a lovely, lonely, dark night feel here Mark. I agree about the foreground, but it’s a nit on a great image. I love the “sun star” (star star??) effect of the bright star peaking over the tree branch.