Our family was to travel to Virginia in July 2021, sadly my son came home exposed to Covid 19 on July 6th.  We then – our family of four – all came down with Covid from July 9th to the 23rd.  We were home, quarantining, trying to stay healthy.  We had to cancel a our trip due to we still had family members sick in the 10 days quarantine window.

Once we had all recovered I rebooked our trip flying from Dallas, Texas, to Richmond, Virginia.    Luckily we were now in the darkish skies of Lake Monticello during Milky Way Weekend, and we had a couple stunning clear evenings.  This was the easiest MILKY Way shoot over – a 5 min ride from my parents to the marina dock, and I was ready to start shooting.  About 3 years back I had taken similar shots which you can find in the blog post linked below.  This time I wanted to spend the time creating a better image by stacking using Starry Landscape Stacker.  Stacking would give me a crispier less noisy image, that I can print larger to memorialize the lovely Lake Monticello where my parents have lived for over 20 years.

If you are new to shooing The Milky Way, you can find some of my tips and errors – Milky Way Tips!

Canon 5D3, 24 – 70 L – 24 light images / 10 dark images using Starry Landscape Stacker.



Fuji XT2 12mm Rokinon – 32 light images / 18 dark images using Starry Landscape Stacker.



Eliz Alex Photography  specializes in children and family sessions  in the Dallas, Texas area including Plano, Texas; Allen Texas; Frisco, Texas, McKinney Texas.  Please message  to schedule your family’s photographic adventure with me!

Little people call her Camera Girl.  Elizabeth’s middle people, two boys, call her Mommy.  She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy maker, excitement for discovery, and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles, middles, and their families on photographic adventures.  Elizabeth’s love of nature and volunteer work at a local conservancy keep her connected to the land, and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local fauna, and the candid and the magical moments of the families she guides.