High in the northwest region of the United States resides some of the darkest skies that the country still has to offer. If you need evidence of that, you need to look no further than this image by John Davis. This image was captured while camping in the black nights of Idaho and you can easily see from this image how beautiful the sky is at this location.
What I love most about this image isn’t just the amazing Milky Way arcing overhead to remind us of our place in the universe; but it’s mainly because of the foreground manipulation. I repeatedly say that how you treat the foreground can make or break an image. Sometimes light painting is the way to go, sometimes silhouettes are the best bet so you can place the focus on the night sky. The incredibly well-lit pine right in front of us sets the tone while the rest of its immediate family surround it, though they can only be seen by silhouette. Its images like this that really allow you to take part in the image vs. one which you just look at for a moment and pass over. You can almost smell the pine in the cool breeze while you sit amongst them in the Idaho hills.
Great image and if you agree please check out more of his work!
BuckSnort Observatory: http://www.bucksnortobservatory.com/nightlandscapes.shtml