The waning crescent moon is setting around 11pm this weekend. With that and the clear skies being predicted, there was a great chance at Milky Way photos last night and again tonight.
Last night I made my way to the old St. Charles Church near Trail, MN. The doors face to the north, which, this time of year, put the Milky way directly behind it.
When I first arrived, I setup for some test images and start setting my exposures. I decided to setup a small LED light behind me and to the right at extremely low power to light the church and some of the foreground. Exposure is 15 seconds, f/2.8 @ ISO3200.
As I was adjusting my light, I caught a glimpse of the Northern Lights beginning to surge. I set the light, grabbed the camera and moved to the rear of the church at an attempt to get the northern tail of the Milky Way and the Northern Lights in a single image. Exposure is 20 seconds, f/2.8 @ ISO3200.
The core of the Milky Way was beginning to disappear behind the trees on the hill behind the church as I decided to make my last exposure for the night. Exposure is 20 seconds, f/2.8 @ ISO6400.