The Milky Way rising above the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado. This was my first successful attempt at light painting, back in 2015. This is a composite image made from two exposures, one for the Milky Way and a second for the foreground. The rocks in the foreground were light painted with a flashlight to illuminate them and add interest to the image. The Paint Mines Open Space is a wonderful spot in eastern Colorado that's perfect for hiking in the daytime and astrophotography at night. I took this photo with a Canon 70D DSLR camera and a Tokina 11=16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX lens.

More Astrophotography

  • photo of Saturn and four of its moons back in 2013
  • photo of a massive sunspot in October 2014
  • photo of the Milky Way from a field in Calhan, Colorado
  • photo of M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy
  • the one day old moon setting behind a tree
  • photo of the 90% solar eclipse from Colorado on August 21, 2017
  • photo of M22
  • photo of the Orion Nebula and the Running Man Nebula
  • photo of the Milky Way from the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado
  • Photo of the crescent day moon
  • photo of the Milky Way from the Paint Mines Open Space
  • photo of a conjunction of the moon, Venus, and Jupiter
  • photo of the Andromeda Galaxy
  • photo of star trails over Colorado Springs
  • photo of Mars on April 5, 2014
  • photo of the total lunar eclipse
  • photo of the total lunar eclipse
  • photo of the total lunar eclipse
  • photo of the Milky Way and the Paint Mines
  • photo of M8, the Lagoon Nebula, and NGC 6544
  • photo of a Orionid meteor and the winter Milky Way
  • photo of the one day old moon
  • photo of the Triangulum Galaxy
  • photo of star trails over the Paint Mines
  • photo of me and the Milky Way
  • photo of Saturn and four of its moons
  • photo of the four day old moon
  • photo of the Double Cluster in the constellation Perseus
  • photo of Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy
  • photo of Mercury transiting the sun
  • photo of the winter Milky Way
  • photo of the lunar crater Copernicus
  • photo of star trails and a tree
  • photo of the full moon
  • photo of the Dumbbell Nebula
  • photo of the Milky Way and a windmill
  • photo of the Pleiades
  • photo of Jupiter
  • photo of star trails from the Paint Mines
  • photo of the moon during the day
  • photo of the Milky Way from the Paint Mines