Katahdin Stream Falls - Aaron Priest Photography

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Katahdin Stream Falls

Katahdin Stream Falls is an 80ft waterfall located on Hunt Trail, the last leg of the Appalachian Trail, on Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine. It is about a 1.2 mile hike from Katahdin Stream Campground.

This panorama is stitched from 150 original images. I had repacked my backpack from shooting timelapses the night before and forgot to grab my case of filters, so I didn’t have a 10-stop neutral density filter for really long exposures. I didn’t want to go smaller than f/16 due to diffraction, and the longest shutter speed at ISO 64 was half a second. So I used the in-camera multiple exposure feature and combined ten 0.5 sec exposures for a simulated exposure of 5 seconds. I repeated this 15 times for each frame of the panorama. The stitched image is 42 x 63 inches, without enlarging!

Camera settings: 70mm, f/16, ISO 64, 10 exposures of 0.5 seconds for a simulated 5 second shutter.

Stitching data: 3 rows of 5 images x 10 exposures for a total of 150 images.

Equipment used: Nikon D850, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, and Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod & pano/gimbal head. In-camera multiple exposure, RAW conversion via Lightroom, aligned via PTGui, and manually blended via masks in Photoshop.

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