I thought it was a great photo so I asked Ben how it was taken. Ben took this photos with the Sony A7r at night but some tweaks were needed to create this photo the way that it looks:
I’ve heard that the best star photos are achieved using a 20 second exposure, at high ISO at the widest possible aperture. Of course that means foreground and background aren’t all in focus so compositing is usually required.
Here is how the final image relates to the dark photo (with some post processing and variations)
And how it relates to the lit photo (with some post processing and variations)
For the composition, we scouted out the area early and used a star tracking app to figure out where the milky way was going to be at what time.
The rest was fairly simple – have a couple friends use flashlights to paint in the different areas in a nice beautiful way
We triggered the camera using the Sony Play Memories App which allows you to frame and shoot from a distance, pretty cool.