July 14th, 2016
This past weekend was spent photographing the Milky Way out on Cape Cod. Thursday was a new moon, so the skies were nice and dark for viewing and photographing the Milky Way. The outer cape is a fantastic place for this because light pollution from houses and businesses is minimal. This is all thanks to J.F.K, who in 1961 helped to establish the Cape Cod National Seashore. It’s 43,000 acres of protected land at the tip of Cape Cod.
On Friday morning my friend Sarah and I set off from the Salt Pond Visitors center in Eastham, MA on a scouting mission. We walked along the Nauset Marsh trail until we found a good spot facing Southeast. There was a small outcropping in the marshlands that we could stand on facing a few boathouses. From prior experience, we knew the Milky Way would be visible in the early evening in the Southeast direction. Later that evening, around 9:30pm, we returned to our spot.
As we turned the corner, the Milky Way was clearly visible and reflecting perfectly in the marsh below.
We took a few 30 second test shots, and then broke out an LED Torch Light to light the boathouses and land a bit. And just in time too, as a thick band of clouds started to move in.