Newsletter Issue 5 (Tribute in Light; Milky Way Photography)

Introduction

This issue is dedicated to the recent ‘Tribute in Light’ display, which is an incredible annual tribute commemorating September 11th. Additionally, you can find a guide on Milky Way photography!

About Michael

Michael Silverstone is a photographer based in New York City. He specializes in train, landscape, and city photography. Michael currently shoots with a Sony Alpha A7RII, alternating between four lenses. On any given day or night, you can find him capturing one of NYC’s iconic landmarks, or shooting from a subway platform deep in Brooklyn.

Recent Photos

Leading up to September 11th, the organizers behind the annual ‘Tribute in Light’ commemoration perform sporadic tests of the lights after sunset. These tests can range from 10 minutes to 4 hours. On Friday September 4th, we were lucky because the testing of the lights lasted all night. Here are shots from my Lower Manhattan adventure on that night.

It’s the Upper East Side!

Milky Way Photography

This past weekend, I went camping with friends in the Catskill Mountains, which presented a rare opportunity to capture the Milky Way. In case you were curious, here are some of the many components and factors of Milky Way Photography:

  • Clear skies — this is a given. To see the Milky Way (or stars in general), we don’t want any clouds.
  • Little to no light pollution — Light pollution is the presence of natural or artificial light. We most associate it with populous cities and areas. The presence of light pollution will drastically hinder the conditions required for Milky Way viewing, and often stargazing. Remember, the cosmos are always there, but it’s often light pollution that blocks it from our sight. Therefore, especially if you live in a city, go far far away, and find a place tucked away into the mountains.
  • New Moon Phase — without a doubt, a full moon is a beautiful site. On the flip side, it’s a Milky Way photographer’s worst enemy. Remember, light pollution can also be caused by the presence of natural light, and a full moon will dramatically brighten the sky to the point of hiding the Milky Way. During the New Moon phase, the visibility of the moon is in the form of a very thin crescent.

Williamsburg at Night

In conclusion, here’s a shot I took of some iconic Williamsburg and Manhattan landmarks!

Michael is a photographer based in New York City, specializing in train, landscape, and city photography.