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France The tree at Valensole

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When photographing lavender fields an area of interest, such as a tree or an old stone building (mas) helps to improve the picture. Milky Way arc on the Valensole plain, near Puimoisson, Provence. I was surprised to be able to photograph a Milky Way arc so late in the season! Taken with the iOptraon SkyGuider Pro and Fujifilm X-T2 Samyang 8mm Fisheye, ISO 6400 f/2.8 240 seconds, foreground same setup, same time, however with SkyGuider turned off. Both pictures were taken at the same location, the same equipment, within 240 seconds.

Photography Tips

The time of day is essential. Sunrise or sunset are both good.

Travel Information

There is plenty of parking along the D8 and on the little side roads. Do respect the privacy signs. For this photo I obtained the permission of the owner of the fields.
Crowd Factor Lots of people
Best Timing Blue hour/nighttime during summer
Sunrise & Sunset 07:49 - 17:00 | current local time: 23:38
Locations Puimoisson
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Spot Comments (3)

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Edward
Edward 18.10.2018
HI Astrid, Did you buy or rent the SkyGuider? Either way, the effect is amazing; I want to try this. Thanks for sharing.
Astrid Hall
Astrid Hall 18.10.2018
Hi Edward, I own it. Yes, it really makes a difference. I took a 8min photo of the sky from my roof terrace in an urban environment, with a wonderful milky way. Difficult to believe.
Edward
Edward 18.10.2018
Its an investment that is clearly paying off, they're just great. I think I'll start dropping Christmas present hints to my family.

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