A cold night, danger of bear attacks and three crazy souls braving it for a night sky photograph (2 shutter-crazies and me on the lookout for bears) marked our hunt for yet another elusive night sky shot. Grand Teton National Park seemed like a great spot for viewing and getting great shots of the Milky Way that September. The park (in most places) has minimal light pollution and the Milky Way would rise above the rocky edges of the Tetons Mountains.
Night sky shooting is very tricky for various reasons – you need a moon but not a very bright one, you need a few clouds but not a cloud cover, no light pollution, a good spot facing the right direction, and last but not the least being able to improvise as no matter how set you are there will be choices to make in the camera settings! But this is a travel article and not a photography one (the title notwithstanding), I will not go into more technical camera details.
Viewing the night sky and photographing it are completely different experiences. The eyes saw a lot more – several shooting stars and the sheer expanse of the star studded canopy over us, which is impossible to capture even with the best camera.