Across from my art tent at the 2016 Greeley Park Art Show was another photographer displaying a photo of a spiral staircase taken at the New Hampshire Portsmouth Harbor Light House.
The more I looked at his photograph, the more I wanted to photograph the staircase myself.
In mid-January 2017 I was granted access to the lighthouse to make my photograph.
I was planning to use Photoshop to remove everything but the staircase and replace the background with a night sky Milky Way image.
Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse Spiral Staircase
Light House & Spiral Stairway
In the spring of 2017, I had the good fortune to spend a month visiting four South African countries.
The first night was a new moon and I made this image of the Milky Way while camping in Kgalagadi National Park, Botswana.
This is a panorama of two images, the cloud of stars at 8 o'clock is a nebula from the Crux constellation.
I edited these images in Lightroom, adjusting for focus, clarity, color balance, saturation, lens correction, and haze before bringing them into Photoshop as layers and aligning them.