The Milky way

The Astronomy has always been one of my passion since I was a child. Looking at the stars make me calm and allows me to think, a verb not so used recently... But returning to the photography, two days ago I went with a friend of mine on the Mount Corrasi in order to take some pictures. The goal was the milky way, but also looking for some beautiful area where coming back a day for something particular. Mount Corrasi is near Oliena, a typical Sardinian village of the hinterland. This mountain is called the Sardinian dolomites due to the white colour and the presence of very few trees. Arriving on the top is quite challenging: you can use two way, by foot or by car. By foot is quite long and it takes some hours of walk, but it allows you to see beautiful places before arriving on the top, but if you are on hurry you can follow the main road, a bad off-road, that arrive directly on the top but you have to walk under the sun. That day we had at least 38 Celsius degrees and walking under the sun was too dangerous for us, so we preferred to use my car, an off-road car, to go until the top using the main road. Fortunately, my car is little, so it was easy to drive in that narrow road, where in some place is quite dangerous because you are really close to some cliffs.

Once arrived at the top we went to the higher part of the mountain, in order to find some interesting rock or particular scenery, or a tree...

For this photo, I hid behind the tree with a coloured flash. I waited for some second after the shot and I used the flash for lightening the tree. I had to try sometimes before that, but I'm really happy for the result. 

I also took some other classical view of the Milky way, like these:

 

where the subjects are the rocks and the sky.

For these shots, I used the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 with my Sony A7RII, and I think is a good match. The Sigma is really sharp from corner to corner and allows to use a lower ISO setting due to its minimum aperture. 

Before night I took a pano of the mountain, even though I don't like it so much...

How you can see there's a problem of exposition, so the sky isn't uniform how it should be, but at least it shows you the place where I was.

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