Incredible Photograph of the Milky Way Rising Over the Sea

Photographer Yasuaki Segawa captured this incredible photograph of the Milky Way rising above the ocean, as seen from Taketomi Island, Japan. In addition to the uber-sharp stars, reflections of two bright stars can be seen in the waters. Segawa used a Canon 5D Mark II with a 24mm f/1.4 lens, and composited 5 separate photos to make this image (allowing him to expose the sky and the foreground separately). He also compensated for star rotation to sharpen the sky and prevent star trails. A higher-res version can be found here.

  • Robby Cornish


  • cavium

    nice catch, but how did he compensate the rotaton? With a star tracking device or by matching stars in post?

  • Mr.A

    Some one can explain how to compensate the rotation? I’ve searched everywhere but nothing found

  • Francois

    He was most probably using a barn-door:

    You can build it yourself, and it helps a lot! you can compensate the earth rotation up to several minutes if you properly do your polar alignment.

  • Josh Ladella

    Is there any place I can find a wallpaper-sized version of this?