Galaxy Harvester - New Holland combine harvester in ND wheat field with milky way
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"Galaxy Harvester" We had just finished wheat harvest at our ND farm, so I took the chance to capture this New Holland combine harvester (our neighbor's) sitting in our harvested wheat stubble, pointed towards our Milky Way galaxy's core, as if that might be its next target! Some tech stuff - this image is a "stack" of six 30-second exposures of the stars, with sensor tracking the star motion, combined with a single 45 second stationary exposure of the foreground, lit with my iphone flashlight during open shutter. Combining six separate exposures of the sky reduces sensor noise. All shot on tripod, of course, with same lens and orientation, and then layered together into this result. The sky was VERY dark and clear - the milky way looked, by eye, about as bright as this image portrays, although not quite as much color (the eye sees color poorly when dark).
I have another combine/milky way shot with a John Deere combine - just search "galaxy harvester" to see it.
Image captured 9/24/22 with Pentax K1 and DFA*15-30mm lens at 15mm (ultrawide).
October 1st, 2022
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