This was my very first foray into astrophotography. I wasn’t planning on shooting the stars, and didn’t have a tripod or a remote shutter release. The weekend was supposed to be cloudy and rainy.
Of course, because I was unprepared, the night sky cleared up and I could see a billion billion stars. With no city nearby to pollute the darkness, I could see the band of the Milky Way with the naked eye. I thought to myself, “I can’t waste this. I have to try.”
I pulled over onto the side of the road in the middle of Hadley, Massachusetts, next to a huge corn field. I set my camera’s two-second shot timer and balanced it on the trunk of my car for stability. With ten second exposures, ISO around 8000 (much too high, I know now) and my aperture wide open, these are the best shots of the bunch.