Panorama at Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine
I've been hoping to get a Milky Way shot at Portland Head Light for a couple of years now, but I never got out there early enough in the year to capture the Galactic Center before it was too far south for this location. I didn't have a pano in mind for this originally but as I was planning the shoot I thought I'd give it a try. I haven't tried Milky Way panoramas much, and this is is my first successful one.
You'll notice that the photo goes from dark on the right to bright on the left. The shots that make up this panorama were taken at the start of astronomical twilight, which means that the sun was approaching the horizon (but still about 90 minutes away from sunrise) and close enough that its scattered light brightens the horizon. The glow starts around the area where the sun will rise, which is why the middle-left side of the image is brighter, and then on the far left it goes into light pollution from the Portland area and gets very bright. But also, the shots took about 15 minutes, so within that time the earlier shots (I started from the right) would be darker than the later shots as the sun was getting closer to the horizon.
I took 12 vertical shots for this, from right to left, although maybe only 9 or 10 were needed to produce the final result. Each shot was at ISO 3200 for 25 seconds at f/2.8 using my Nikon D800E and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens. The raw images were then prepped in Lightroom and stitched and edited in Photoshop.
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