Lighting up the Milky Way

Last week I managed to shoot a photo of myself “lighting up” the milky way.

I always wanted to make such an image - I even bought a high-end LED flashlight for this reason (the Fenix PD35TAC which is mainly used for military and law enforcement purposes). 

So last week, under the new moon, I found an area with a southern orientation which had both a clear view of the milky way and relatively limited urban lights, I set up my camera and tripod and tried several versions of the photo.

The one to the right is the one I like best. 

Beware: my intention is to try various milky way images this summer, so stay tuned :-) 

(More info: Canon 5d mkIII, Samyang 14mm, 20 seconds at f/2.8, ISO 3200, the lights in the background are from Ioulis, the capital of Kea island)