Yosemite Milky Way

Critique Style Requested: Standard

The photographer is looking for generalized feedback about the aesthetic and technical qualities of their image.


I was in Yosemite with it in mind to get some milky way shots in its super dark sky. I was taking shots here with foreground trees being in silhouette but an unannounced car drove by on the nearby road and managed to light up my trees. I cussed but ended up ultimately liking the affect.

Specific Feedback

Overall end product? This was as clean as I could get the stars under the circumstances.

Technical Details

D500, Nikon 14mm lens, tripod, release cable, 24 seconds at 3.8mm, ISO 3200, Photo AI, cropped to 1257 x 1385

Very dramatic view! I like the lighting! Focus wasn’t optimal but that close to the trees it would probably take blending two shots. Everything else looks great. Maybe correct the vignetting falloff in the upper corners.