Laura Macky Photography

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My First Milky Way!

Last night we went to watch fireworks and then drive out to the darkest part of the bay area to attempt a milky way photo.  The spot I googled wasn’t very good for fireworks unfortunately so I just tried to enjoy the partially obscured show of lights without taking photos.  The odd thing was that when we got there, all kinds of people were there with their chairs, so I expected it to be wonderful.  Oh well!

The milky way location proved to be a lot better.  We went out by Lake Del Valle in Livermore which is the most rural part around here and about 30 minutes from home.  I never thought I could get a milky way photo around here but I was so happy to find out that it’s possible.  I used a light pollution map which you can see on the second image here.  You can see how light polluted the bay area is but there is a big dark spot right where the horseshoe shape dark spot is below the word Livermore, so that’s where we went.

Armed with a headlamp, my Nikon D750,  14-24mm lens, remote and my husband to keep me from getting hit by the occasional car (don’t ask lol), I thought this turned out pretty good for my first try.  I’d like to try another time later in the night as this was at 10:46 pm.


Milky way near Lake Del Valle, Livermore

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Light Pollution Map