These Starry Malibu Beach Photos Look Out Of This World

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Milky Way seen from El Matador Beach (Photo courtesy of Jack Fusco)

While we can't see all the beautiful details of the Milky Way with our naked eye, a long exposure on a camera can make all the difference.

Photographer Jack Fusco recently snapped some gorgeous photos of the Milky Way from El Matador State Beach in Malibu. It wasn't an easy feat, as he had to do a lot of prep work, like researching when the Milky Way would be in the perfect position for shooting and figuring out the dates when the tides and moon cycle would sync up. And on the day of his evening shoot, the waves were rolling in while he was trying to balance his tripod on the rocks of the beach, standing in the water.

"At that point, it was a matter of timing my exposure just right to get the shot off," Fusco told LAist. "I had to give my tripod time to stop moving from the last wave, but be quick enough to get the shot off before the next wave came in."

Fusco, a San Diego-based photographer, has been shooting the night skies for years. He uses an ultra wide angle lens with a fast aperture, which lets a lot of light in the camera. Along with a long exposure, he's able to pull in the details from the skies that we normally wouldn't be able to see with the human eye.

He also recently shot photos of the Milky Way as seen from a sea cave at Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu.

Here are some more photos from his El Matador shoot. You can explore more of Fusco's work on his website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook page.

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Milky Way seen from El Matador State Beach (Photo courtesy of Jack Fusco)

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Milky Way seen from El Matador State Beach (Photo courtesy of Jack Fusco)

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Milky Way seen from El Matador State Beach (Photo courtesy of Jack Fusco)

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Milky Way seen from El Matador State Beach (Photo courtesy of Jack Fusco)