The Milky Way over Mono Lake

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May 2017
Mono Lake, California
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This is another image that has eluded me for some time, even though I live just down the road. I tried in 2015 and 2016. There were clouds once, and the other time I used a Rokinon 14mm F2.8  lens. This lens is great value when it is stopped down, but in my opinion, shooting it wide-open at F2.8, the quality is not there. This year I rented a Sigma F1.4 20mm lens. This was the right choice for me! May and June are the best months to capture the entire Milky Way rising from the east. I arrived early and was forced to wait until about midnight. When I made this series of images to stitch together later, I knew I had it right in my camera. I made NO more exposures and carefully drove home to Mammoth. My night time driving in not what it used to be; these months are the time of the deer migration to higher altitudes.