We went to the Beach Club of Isla Cortés at Altata, Sinaloa, Mexico to take a photo of the milky way. Friday, November 13 was the date chosen to go see the milky way at the beach. We invite you to enjoy so sublime moment.

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Isla Cortés at Altata, Sinaloa

How to take a photo of the milky way

It is much easier than you think. The first thing to take a photo of the milky way is to have a tripod. The camera must be motionless, absolutely still while taking the photo. Without a tripod, it would be impossible to take it.

Milky Way in Isla Cortés. Photography: Mario Carvajal

Then, it is important to have an ultra lens wide angle to take a photo of the milky way. For example, a lens of less than 20 mm. And if you are a fisheye, fantastic also.

But if you have a 35mm lens, you probably won’t get an interesting coverage for your photography. The camera also has an effect. It is preferable to having full format, full frame cameras, although it is not essential. These cameras will probably a sensor with better performance, and you can use a high ISO.

Milky Way in Isla Cortés. Photography: Mario Carvajal

Finally, a remote shutter release will be a very good idea, but if you don’t, you can put your camera timer.

Camera Settings

If you have the proper equipment, the camera settings will be very simple: everything in manual, open as open as possible, e.g. f2.8 would be ideal. A high ISO, e.g. 3200 is fine. Trip time, depends on the focal length: between higher angularity, longer can shoot.

You can be in the famous “the 500 rule”…

You split 500 between the focal length and that will be the maximum number of seconds that can shoot your photo. In such a way that the stars don’t let trail or trail… I.e., if you are going to shoot with a 17mm lens, the maximum time would be 29 seconds.

And ready!

Have fun taking photos of the Milky Way in Isla Cortés…

Mario Carvajal. Fotógrafo colombiano

Photography and text: Mario Carvajal

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How was this virtual tour made

Can I see the milky way in Mexico? Really?

Yes of course! And not only in Mexico… in any other country. This is not an exclusive phenomenon of privileged countries. You will only need these conditions: Stay away from the light pollution of cities. Choose a day with new moon (or wait a moment when the Moon sets. Cloudless sky of clouds.

Use our photos

Our photos have “Creative Commons“ license. This license allows you to use our photos, without needing permission, legally. When using the photos, the only requirement is that you provide credit as follows: 

“Photography: Miguel Angel Victoria / Sinaloa 360”

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English language translation made by Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa through the collaboration of Centro de Estudio de Idiomas Culiacán

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