A Farewell to Summer


The Cygnus Milky Way photographed from Mt. Kobau.

This past summer I tried my hand at medium-format astrophotography for the first time. While digital imaging has largely eclipsed emulsion-based photography, old-school techniques and materials can still yield pleasing results. There’s just something about a black-and-white Milky Way photo that evokes the work of E. E. Barnard, much the same way that high-contrast landscape photography inevitably draws comparisons with Ansel Adams.

As many readers know, I shoot a fair amount of film these days, having largely given up on digital. If you’d like to see more of my pictures, stop by my photography web site, FilmAdvance.com.

This is a 20-minute exposure on Fuji Across 100 shot with a Hasselblad 503cx camera coupled to a 80mm Zeiss Planar lens.


For those having trouble picking out the constellations in the unmarked photo.