Salton Sea - Kevin Key Photography - San Diego, California
Vía Láctea over Lago Saltón

Vía Láctea over Lago Saltón

Very early season Milky Way rises over the southern portion of the Salton Sea.

Unlike Thursday night, the wind and water were mostly calm. Still, it's a big challenge to make the Milky Way "pop" when it's this early in the season and the galaxy is so close to the haze and light pollution on the horizon.

Check out the star reflections in the water.

I shot this with my Canon 6D and Sigma 15mm at 25 sec f/2.8 ISO 3200. I had to do some serious work in Lightroom to get this result. Later in the season - when the Milky Way is higher in the sky - my shots require little post-production work.