Ryan Jordan

Shenandoah Milk


Photo: Milky Way Galaxy from the summit of Hawksbill Mountain, Virginia, Shenandoah National Park. Panasonic DMC-GF1, 20mm, f/1.7, 60 sec. November 6, 2009, by Ryan Jordan.

This photo is being posted primarily for photographers interested in the performance of the digital image sensor in the Panasonic DMC-GF1.

I set the aperture wide open on the Lumix 20mm lens and captured a 60 second image. Obviously, there are quite a lot more stars in the photo than you could ever see with the naked eye. On some of my star photos this night, I saw satellite trails that I didn’t detect while taking the image, either. I converted this one to black and white, and bumped up the blacks a fair bit, to compensate for the significant amount of light pollution that graces the skies along the Appalachian Trail.

I’m very impressed with this sensor. It allows me to see what the skies out here were like before cities were built, maybe.