2006 LANDSCAPES GALLERY
IMAGE OF THE YEAR
Spring Milky Way
Image copyright Jeff Hapeman
image is a single 10-minute exposure at ISO 800, taken with the Canon
20Da and 14mm f/2.8L lens at f/3.5 to control CA and corner distortion.
Post-processing in Photoshop balanced curves and enhanced contrast and
saturation, which tend to come out really low in long-exposure shots such
as this. Jeff used a Kenko SkyMemo mini-equatorial mount to track the
sky during the exposure to prevent the stars from trailing.
Hapeman has his formal education in Botany and Evolutionary Biology, but
left the study of the sciences to found an IT consulting firm in the late
1990’s. After selling his company in 2003, he returned to a love
he had first discovered as a young boy about 25 years ago: nature photography.
With the new digital age, Jeff found a way to combine his love of technology
with his love of nature and photography, and has gradually moved into
photography as a serious hobby. While his interests are broad, he has
a special fondness for shooting images at night, including the stars and
aurora. He lives near Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and young daughter
and currently is the CIO of a large national accounting firm.