Got Milk?

Those following me on Twitter and Google+ got a behind the scenes look at a photo taken last week up at Mt. Evans here in Colorado.  The summit of Mt. Evans is at 14,240 ft. above sea level.  The drive up starts at 7,500 feet in Idaho Spring where you turn off Interstate 70 to hit 14,264 feet at the summit.  It’s a great place during a waxing crescent moon to see the stars.  Driving up it started to rain and storm clouds rolled in.  I was a little concerned I wasn’t going to see stars this evening, but the wind picked up and the storm blew over and gave way to some amazing stars in the night sky.  There are some parts of the sky that still get washed out by the light pollution from Denver, but for the most part the stars were very bright this evening.  One thing I’ve never witnessed is seeing the Milky Way, the fabulous galaxy that contains our Solar System.  It’s the most amazing site to see! It was so awesome to finally see the galaxy!

On Mt. Evans is the Meyer-Womble Observatory. This observatory is used for the Denver University Astronomy studies and research program.  It gave a nice foreground element for this shot of the Milky Way.

Observing the Milky Way - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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  • Wow! You really nailed this shot. The observatory in the image with the stars really puts it over the top. Reminds me of one of Peter Lik’s Milky Way pictures.

  • Great exposure Rick. Love the framing with the observatory.

  • Wow Rick, you rocked this shot like a BOSS! Love the comp and your great choice of foreground elements. Such a spectacular shot!

  • Rick this is an amazing shot. Just spectacular.

  • Excellent shot here, Rick. I’d have to rate this as one of your best (that I’ve seen). I really love the way this is processed and the soft colors are awesome.

    Top shelf, my friend. 🙂

  • Outstanding Rick! You have absolutely nailed this man!

  • Really solid work Rick! Call me when you get back, i would love to chat with you about this image. Nicely done!