When Waking up at 3am is Worth It.
I don't often intentionally wake up at 3am, but when I do, it's because I'm trying to get a photo of the Milky Way. I've been fascinated with star photos since I took up photography a few years ago, but I haven't usually found myself far enough away from city lights so that I can really see the stars.
When I'm traveling and I do find myself away from the city lights, I'm usually curious to see if I might be able to get a cool star photo. Obviously, there's a lot that has to go right in order to get a good photo - need clear skies, minimal city light, no moonlight, blah blah blah.
When we got to our guesthouse in Jezerce, Croatia, this past weekend, I noticed that we were really submersed in nature and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. I then pulled out my phone and opened a cool app called PhotoPills, which I use to see where the Milky Way will be at any point in time, based off of my location. I was so excited when I saw that the Milky Way was going to be visible from the balcony of our guesthouse. By playing around with the app, I was able to determine that the best view and photo opportunity was going to be around 3am the following day.
Here's the final result, and a screen shot from discovering where and when I could best view the Milky Way: