Milky Way

Uploaded: October 14, 2012 19:31:12


30 Sec - f/2.8 - ISO 3200 - 14mm
Canon 5D Mk III - Canon 14mm f/2.8L

Exif: F Number: 2.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 30/1 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 3200, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 14.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III


Stephen Shoff October 14, 2012

Wow, Jeff, that is great! A new style of light painting?

Sure gets past the photo-realistic. Looks like science fiction. Great job on capturing the stars and Milky Way. Is it a moonrise that is lighting the sky? #1492355

Jeff E Jensen October 15, 2012

Thanks, Stephen! This was captured Friday night near Lucin, UT. This is one of the Lucin Sun Tunnels (Peter - that should give you some good Google reading). Four friends and I headed out and spent the night there, doing some light painting, time lapse, stars, and the sunrise. There was only about a 5% moon, and this was taken at about 11 pm, so the light here is ambient light coming from the west.

Here's a shot of the tunnels in the daylight. #10370070

Aimee C. Eisaman October 15, 2012

How magical! :~) I love that you included the tunnel and didn't just do the sky. I like the sillouhette the tunnel made and how it starts off skinny on one end and ends up fat on the other. I can't believe how beautiful the sky is there. We can't see that much here because of all the light pollution. This might make a nice panorama too! #10370092

Jeff E Jensen October 15, 2012

Thanks, Aimee! I played around with some different crops, but just couldn't bring myself to chopping off part of the milky way.

I just made a 13x19 print of this and it's pretty fantastic. Going on my wall for sure. #10370102

Elaine Hessler October 15, 2012

Very cool! #10370108

Kristin Duff October 15, 2012

I read about these once in a magazine but had no idea this photo was one and the same. Saw your photos on face book and thought Wow! Great job Jeff! I admire your dedication to the art form...up all night! #10370180

Rita K. Connell level-classic October 15, 2012

wow this is really fantastic jeff, really makes you think about how vast the universe is. I like how you added the tunnel into the image well done! #10370300

Brandi K. Mills October 15, 2012

Gorgeous! I would hang this on my wall too! #10370366

Michael Kelly level-classic October 15, 2012

Wow Jeff - one of the most dramatic night sky scenes I have had the pleasure of viewing. Definitely would be printed and on my wall too. It is going in my favorites which is as close as I can come. #10370559

Aimee C. Eisaman October 15, 2012

True there isn't enough room to just cut off some from the bottom for a pano. O I bet it looks great...did you go with matte paper? #10370652

Dale Hardin October 15, 2012

Remember Jeff. You promised me the Milky Way when I come up next spring! Haven't seen it since I was a kid and that was a looooooog time ago. #10370859

Jeff E Jensen October 15, 2012

Thanks, everyone! I'm really excited about this image, I've wanted a good milky way shot for a long time.

Aimee - I printed it on Canon Platinum Pro paper which is a high gloss. It looks really cool.

Dale - sounds like a good plan. If y'all come out here for next year's trip, I've got several places that we can head to for some night time photo ops. #10370872

lisa anderson October 15, 2012

Jeff, this is fantastic! It's going in my favourites :) #10371008

Teresa H. Hunt October 15, 2012

Well this is pretty darned FANTASTIC!!! I'd hang it on my wall too.

I've always wanted to see the Milky Way.

I'm all for a trip to Utah and some night time photo ops! #10371199

Debbra Bailey October 16, 2012

So cool Jeff - just gorgeous, and it must have been so much fun too! Jealous! Hey Teresa, when you fly up here, we should just fly down to Utah for a night! :) Let's dream big! #10371790

Debbra Bailey October 16, 2012

Oh, Jeff - squirrel! Nate really loves the light painting you do. Maybe when we come your way next summer, we could go to this place and set our camper up for the night? Is that allowed???? #10371791

Jeff E Jensen October 16, 2012

Absolutely, Deb! We camped there Friday evening. There is literally nothing for miles, no water, power, cell service, etc. There's actually another place (the Spiral Jetty) that would be fun to do the same thing. We could make it a two-night venture. Spend a night at the Jetty, then move and spend the second night at the Tunnels. Would be pretty fantastic!

Teresa H. Hunt October 16, 2012

I wanna come!! #10372238

Beth Spencer October 16, 2012

What an amazing picture! I bet it looks great on the wall! I also bet we will see this again.... Such beautiful light and composition.. Does make us realize how vast our universe is... #10372600

Debbra Bailey October 16, 2012

YES! Oh, I am excited! Nate thinks it is a great idea too - he loved the stars pic! And I can just see my girls running across that space! #10372613

Dayna Cain level-classic November 16, 2012

This image is INCREDIBLE! I am in AWE! #10421777

Jeff E Jensen November 16, 2012

Thanks, Dayna! #10422086

Michael Kelly level-classic November 29, 2012

This is a had to be and should go further. A big congratulations Jeff! #10438924

Jeff E Jensen November 29, 2012

Thanks, Mike! #10439427

Michelle Alton November 30, 2012

Oh MY...My jaw is hanging down to my knees!

This is ASTONISHINGLY brilliant. Congratulations. I'll be saying it again when it's a big winner! #10440419

Randy D. Dinkins level-classic November 30, 2012

Very very cool, beautiful (!!) shot!! Congratulations!! #10440496

Carla Capra Anderson November 30, 2012

Congratulations on this fantastic finalist.

Peggy Pfister level-classic November 30, 2012

Just stunning, Jeff. Congrats on a well-deserved finalist! #10441685

Susan M. Reynolds level-addict November 30, 2012

I'm so glad this won finalist...I will be disappointed if it doesn't just win hands down! Congratulations on a very creative photograph, Jeff! #10442423

Elaine Hessler November 30, 2012

Congrats!!! #10443370

Teresa H. Hunt November 30, 2012

Congrats Jeff!! This is truly a fantastic shot! #10443513

Jeff E Jensen November 30, 2012

Thanks, everyone! Your kind words are much appreciated. #10443985

Kristin Duff November 30, 2012

Congratulations Jeff! I knew this one win be a winner whenI first saw! Good job! #10444045

Merna L. Nobile December 09, 2012

To my photo friend:
Look back with pride,
Look forward with excitement,
Enjoy the success of the day.

To discuss, first log in or sign up (buttons are at top center of page).

Get Constructive Critiques

Sign up for an interactive online photography course to get critiques on your photos.


Did You Know?

Discussions by Category: You can view photo discussions on various themes in the Community > Photo Discussions section of the site.

BetterPhoto Websites: If you see an orange website link directly under the photographer's name, it's totally okay. It's not spam. The reason: BetterPhoto is the one that offers these personal photography websites. We are supporting our clients with those links.

Unavailable EXIF: If there is no other information but 'Unavailable' in the EXIF (meaning no EXIF data exists with the photo), the 'Unavailable' blurb is not displayed. If there is any info, it shows. Many photos have the EXIF stripped out when people modify the image and resave it, before uploading.


The following truth is one of the core philosophies of BetterPhoto:

I hear, I forget.
I see, I remember.
I do, I understand.

You learn by doing. Take your next online photography class. Photo Contest Finalist

Copyright for this photo belongs solely to Jeff E Jensen.
Images may not be copied, downloaded, or used in any way without the expressed, written permission of the photographer.
Log in to follow or message this photographer or report this photo.