I went out to the beach at night recently to try a bunch of different setting combinations. The moon kinda bogarted the sky, washing out the stars, so I tried a few different things with it.

That is actually the same shot, just edited differently. After some more editting, I stacked eight minutes of continuous exposures. Based on the results, Iโ€™ll be going back out to this spot in the near future to take 30 to 45 minutes worth of continuous exposures.

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I have an end result in mind. Hopefully, I can make it work. I just ordered a filter that will help with light pollution. That should give me a cleaner image to work with.

To test it before finishing this idea, there will be a window of about 10 days where there will be no moon in the sky for most of the night. Iโ€™ll be heading back to the beach to get some Milky Way shots. You can see the faint outline of it in the middle picture. If the moon wasnโ€™t there, it would look amazing. The filter will help with that, too.

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Of course, this is all assuming Florida is still here next week. Hopefully, weโ€™ll make it through Irma and Iโ€™ll get some neat pictures out of it and everyone in the state is just fine.

I know it sounds silly, but the beach is littered with sea turtle nests right now. Most are due to hatch any day now. I really hope all those little critters get out to sea by the end of the week.