Milky way core rises as the colors from sunset fade in La Jolla Coast.

When the Sun and the Stars Collide | La Jolla Coast

The core of the Milky Way galaxy becomes visible off the La Jolla coast just after the sun has set. Along the horizon, you can still see the warm orange glow of the sun.

The Story Behind the Photo

I didn't think it was actually possible to get a picture of the Milky Way at sunset but it happened to me. I had been searching for places to take a coastline shot of the MW in and about San Diego and then a friend suggested this place in La Jolla that she had scouted out that day. I had never been to this spot before and everything just came together and it turned out like magic. I owe her big time.

Sunset was at 6:15 and I made this image just after 7pm. The sky was really clear and dry due to the Santa Ana winds and the core of the milky way became visible before the sunset completely faded.

About the Prints

This photograph is available in a limited edition of 40 fine art prints. Each print is made to order with the highest quality pigment inks and fine art papers. They are signed on the front and come with a certificate of authenticity. If you have any questions about this specific image or my prints in general, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Acrylic Print with a Float Mount — Ready to Hang

Trulife Acrylic Fine Art Print

This is a pigment print where the front has been directly adhered to a sheet of ultra clear, scratch resistant, and anti-reflective acrylic. This process is known as face mounting. The acrylic captures light internally and bounces it off the surface of the print resulting in a display with incredible visual depth and vibrancy. With proper lighting, the acrylic print will appear to have light emanating from the image itself. The back of the print is sealed with another layer of protective acrylic. The print comes ready to hang with hidden mounting hardware on the back that floats the print off the wall.

Please allow 4-6 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please inquire for international rates.


Archival Pigment Print

Archival Pigment Print on Fine Art Paper

This is an archival pigment print made with a heavyweight fine art paper. This is a print only, shipped rolled in a robust protective tube.

Please allow 3-4 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please inquire for international rates.


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