Shooting the Milky Way

Almost everyone has a bucket list. Mine has changed over the years to fit where I am in my life. It seems as though my bucket list gets smaller and smaller the older I get. It especially took a hit once I became a mom. I always wanted to visit Hawaii, but now I get to live here. As I have said in a previous post I have met many wonderful photographers in my short time of being in Hawaii.

Wednesday (May 24) I went out with a few photographers to shoot the Milky Way but it was too cloudy to see the stars by the time I got there. We did end up doing some cool light photography! The night may not have resulted in beautiful shots of the Milky Way but there was lots of laughs shared and memories made.

 Photo from the first night we went to shoot the Milky Way.

Photo from the first night we went to shoot the Milky Way.

 Playing with light photography after the clouds covered the stars.

Playing with light photography after the clouds covered the stars.

Friday evening (May 26) I headed out to shoot the Milky Way with Erica and two other photographers at Ka’ena Point State Park. Most of you know I have an eighteen month old little boy. I don’t get to go out very often by myself and especially to do something fun! I left the house probably a little too early before meeting the girls to head to the location. A little time in Target and sipping some wonderful coffee from Starbucks left me pumped for our midnight shooting of the Milky Way. I got my new camera that morning so I was super pumped to shoot with it! I was ready to see what I would get after upgrading to a Canon 6D! When we got to the location we were going to photograph my excitement was way over super excited on the excitement scale! The time flew by! It was 2AM before we knew it and was time for us to head back home.

I finally made it home around 3AM. Everyone in my house was asleep! The house was quiet. The first time in months I felt refreshed. I felt like me. I for once didn’t feel like a mom or a wife. I was Adrienne. I didn’t realize that shooting the Milky Way was on my bucket list, but it made its way on there super fast. (I told my husband that I want to go shoot the Northern Lights! One day I will! One day!) These shots are nowhere near perfect. I still have lots of growing to do in night and star photography, but I absolutely love having me time to unwind and have fun! I can't wait to go back out and shoot the stars!

Below are some photos I took of the Milky Way. The third picture is of a fellow photographer.