I recently watched an online, how to video on shooting the milkyway. Last night before going to bed I went out on my deck and the sky was cloudless, I figured it was a good night to try the technique. This is the very first exposure I took. The yellow cast on the white pine is from a nearby street light. All I did was set my ISO to 1600, aperture was put at f2.8 and shutter speed was at thirty seconds, longer than 30 seconds and the stars start to streak. It’s too dark to focus so I put the lens on manual focus, set it to infinity and rolled it back just a bit. Because of the relatively high ISO and long exposure I had the noise reduction on my camera turned on. The camera was on my tripod and a cable release was used. I think for a first time try it came out pretty good. Now that I’ve been successful I’ll be doing this technique again in better locations, especially this winter when we have crystal clear nights.