Another shot of the Milky Way from the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado, last night, my favorite and most visited site for photographing our galaxy. I light painted the foreground with an iPhone and blended it with a second exposure of the sky. This shot was taken with a Canon 6D DSLR camera with a Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm F2.8 Ultra Wide Lens.

After having not imaged the Milky Way all summer, I went to the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado, last night, determined to get a photo before the core sets for the year. Here is our home galaxy rising above two hoodoos in the Paint Mines. Interestingly, we ran into another Milky Way photographer already set up in the park. He wasn't sure how to get into the rockier sections of the Paint Mines, so we all went together and ended up spending a couple hours imaging together.

Here is the Milky Way, our home galaxy, as seen from a field near the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado. I took this long exposure photo with a Canon 70D DSLR camera and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX lens.

The Milky Way as seen from within the rock formations at the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado, about 30 miles east of Colorado Springs. I took this photo using a Canon 70D DSLR camera a Rokinon HD8M-C 8mm f/3.5 HD fisheye lens. This image consists of two exposures, one long exposure for the Milky Way itself, and a second, light painted shot of the rock formations. 

The fall Milky Way as seen from within the rock formations at Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado. This image is a composite of two photos taken with a Canon 70D and a Rokinon HD8M-C 8mm f/3.5 HD fisheye lens, one of the the Milky Way and a second, light painted shot of the foreground. 

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.

A photo of an Orionid meteor and the winter Milky Way taken at the Paint Mines Interpretive Park in Calhan, Colorado, October, 2017. We saw 15 meteors over the course of two hours that not, but I only managed to capture one on camera. The sky was filled with airglow, too, which you can plainly see above the horizon in this photo. I took this photo with a Canon 70D and a Rokinon HD8M-C 8mm f/3.5 HD fisheye lens.

A self-portrait from within the rock formations at the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado, taken with a Canon 70D and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX lens.

The winter Milky Way above the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado. This is a composite of two photos taken with a Canon 70D and a Rokinon HD8M-C 8mm f/3.5 HD fisheye lens, one light painted exposure for the foreground and a second for the sky.

The Milky Way stretching across the sky from a cattle farm in eastern Colorado. We stepped in more than a few cow patties and might have trespassed a little to get this shot. Taken with a Canon 70D and a Rokinon HD8M-C 8mm f/3.5 HD fisheye lens.