For the third year running, a spectacular shot of the Milky Way over Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has been snared photographically and reproduced in a beautiful print you can buy. All proceeds are earmarked for Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
This year's photo depicts the Milky Way raising over the Raspberry Island Lighthouse. It was taken on the morning of July 3, 2011, near new-moon conditions following the summer solstice.
According to photographers Mark Weller and John and Andrea Rummel, they selected that date because that's when "the summer Milky Way is at its brightest and dramatically hangs just above the horizon."
"A three-and-a-half-minute exposure, this shot was made possible by mounting the camera (a Canon 7D) on top of a telescope with a slow-motion drive, making it possible to cancel the Earth's rotation," they add. "Allowing the camera to capture an incredibly sharp and saturated image, this is one of the most delightful views of the heavens. A separate three-minute exposure was taken with the telescope drive turned off to photograph the light station."
A framed 26-inch by 21-inch copy of the print, made on archival cotton, runs $330 (shipping and handling included).
Check out the following video to learn more about the process they undertook to snap the photo.