This is our entry in The Daily Post Daily Prompt: Revelation.
We live in an urban area on the East coast of the US where light pollution prevents us from seeing all but the brightest of the objects in the sky, but we wanted to photograph the Milky Way. A light pollution map indicated that much better (but not perfect) conditions existed on an ocean beach we frequent a few hundred miles south. We used the Stellarium website to determine when and where we could see the Milky Way and rented a room facing that direction. We stayed seven nights, but six were cloudy. On our last night, the sky was finally clear and we got this shot.
While this was better than we could see with the naked eye (20 second exposure, ISO 3200, f/2.8), it was not what we had hoped to see. However, we knew that astrophotography pushes a camera to its limits and post-processing is required. Working with Lightroom, we were able to transform the above photo to one which we feel provides a more complete revelation of the Milky Way.