Photographer captures Milky Way over Mount Rainier

Photographer captures Milky Way over Mount Rainier

Credit: Dave Morrow (www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com)

Seattle photographer Dave Morrow captures an amazing view of the Milky Way over Mount Rainier and now his photo is a finalist in a national Smithsonian contest. We reached out to Morrow to learn more about how he got the shot. FULL STORY

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by EVONNE BENEDICT / KING 5 News

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 3:27 AM

Seattle photographer Dave Morrow captured national attention when his photo of the Milky Way over Mount Rainier was featured on the National Park Service's Instagram account.

We reached out to Morrow to learn more about how he got the shot.

Morrow said, "After shooting a sub-par sunset at Tipsoo Lake in Mount Rainier National Park I decided to head over to Sunrise Point which is also location in the park. Driving the long dark road I could see the stars start to shine overhead and knew it would be an amazing night to capture sky. When I arrived at my destination the Milky Way looked to be erupting from the mountain, so I set up my camera and started shooting."

Morrow used a Nikon D800 with a Nikkor 14-24mm f/ 2.8 G lens to make the 30 second exposure.

He added, "Every time I take pictures of the Milky Way I am in awe of two things. First, how bright the stars are when there is no light pollution around. Second, how many more stars the camera can 'see' over a 30 second exposure that our own eyes can not."

Morrow's photo is now a finalist in Smithsonian's Photo Contest 2013. You can see all the finalists, and vote for the Reader's Choice award here.

Morrow also captured a shot of the Milky Way rising over the Pacific Ocean at Ruby Beach on the Olympic Peninsula.


 

 You can see more of Morrow's work here.

 

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