Acadia National Park - Aaron Priest Photography
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Otter Cove, Acadia National Park

This was taken on July 12, 2015, 12:07 AM at Otter Cove in Acadia National Park during a night photography workshop that I co-instructed with Mike Taylor and Vincent Lawrence. The Milky Way arcs over Otter Cove while the Big Dipper shines over the triple-arched bridge of the Park Loop Road. Low tide was coming up at 2:16 AM.

Usually I would shoot a multi-row spherical panorama with longer exposures of the ground for a brighter foreground and more details, but I didn’t want to take that much time during a workshop, so this is stitched from eight single exposures with a fisheye lens. I used a lot of overlap because the outer edge of the shaved fisheye lens is not that sharp.

Camera settings: 10.5mm, f/2.8, ISO 6400, 30 seconds

Equipment used: Nikon D810, Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 fisheye (shaved lens hood), Promote Control, Panoneed robotic head, and Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod w/ leveling base. Long exposure noise reduction via Pixel Fixer, RAW conversion via Lightroom, stitched with PTGui, and planned with PhotoPills.

We have some great night photography and panorama workshops scheduled this year in Acadia:
http://galleries.aaronpriestphoto.com/Workshops

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