Brought a friend along to see the Milkyway and he liked it. He stood at the edge of the rocks with a headlamp as I composed the frame in the series.
Sky Frame - 2 rows of 5 across ISO 4000, 15sec, F/2.8
Foreground - 1 row 5 across ISO 800, 75sec , f/2.8.
STORY: Matagorda is a pretty well known beach here in the gulf area. Its about 2 – 2.5 hours from Downtown Houston driving south west on HW288 and a few smaller roads to hit the beach front. My coworker and I took this drive last Friday on August 30th after work . It was a new moon night and had 10% cloud cover based on the weather reports. On reaching we quickly realized the main areas to photograph were either accessible over an older pier and then rocks or by driving through the sand. Without much experience we resorted to walk over to final location. It around a quarter of a mile but the wind and salty air feels great. The location clearly falls under the blue and dark blue zone on the light pollution map but with some many heads with head lamps and some with larger halogens the scene does get polluted real soon. We were only lucky for the first hour or two when this shot was taken.
Right under the bridge there are huge pink granite boulders to break the waves. I walked over them and got under the bridge as far as I could as at this point the tide had started to rise. Hoping to not wet my gear or myself I was a little shaky but finally landed up doing a multi image Pano for the shot.
TECHNIQUE & EXIF: Pano, Stacked & Blended • Canon 5D mkiii + Tokina 16-28 f/2.8+ Sirui tripod + Yongnuo trigger and remote • All images shot in landscape format with the sky composed of 6 frames @ 15 seconds each, f/2.8, ISO 4000 • Blended with foreground of 3 frames @ 70 sec f/2.8, , ISO 800.