I decided to get serious about shooting some Milky Way photographs this month. I opted to use the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC lens on my Canon 5D Mark III body. Most of these images were created using f2.8 for 20-30 seconds and an ISO of 2500-3200. Definitely a learning curve here and I will use a different approach next time out, but it was great to get started with this type of photography since I like nothing more than looking up into an endless sky full of stars.
On this particular night, I lucked out by choosing a field where the fireflies were out in full force. With the moon rising, the skies were not truly "dark" but I think the layers of trees, fireflies, and The Milky Way make for some magical visuals with the stars appearing to extend into the trees below.