Our PHOTOG group traveled west to Fairview, Oklahoma July 17 - 19 for some night photography focused on the Milky Way. We were far enough from cities that we had reasonably dark skies. The light reflecting on the clouds in the photo above are from Fairview, a town of 2,578 people about five miles away.
About 30 of us made the trip and enjoyed the comeraderie and opportunity to learn from each other. Milky Way photography tips: 1) use a sturdy tripod, 2) use as wide and fast a lens as you have, 3) set your focus to infinity using a distant point while there is still some light to see, 4) divide 500 by your focal length to determine the maximum time for your exposure before stars start to blur, 5) set your camera to bulb mode with an intervalometer to time your exposure, 6) crank up your ISO to 3200 - 6400. Adjust your ISO or exposure time to fine tune after a few test shots.