This was one of those images that took a lot of planning and easily could have amounted to nothing in the end. I had decided to capture the Milky Way early in 2018 and visited various locations in town with an app to help me plan out compositions and timing. I found that I had a small window between April and August and needed to shoot on a new moon to maximize my chance of capturing the Milky Way.
April and May came and went with cloudy conditions. Finally, on June 15th, conditions were perfect and I headed down to Front Street just before midnight. I shot this as a panorama using my fastest lens and then worked to minimize the effects of light pollution while bringing out the familiar formation of the Milky Way.
As much for the pre-planning and achievement as for the final image, this is my ninth favorite image of 2018.