Artist's Bluff, Franconia Notch, New Hampshire - Aaron Priest Photography

On the night of December 27, 2013, Chris Georgia, Garrett Evans, and I hiked up Artist’s Bluff in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire. What a view! Click the preview photo to see the entire spherical panorama. Straight ahead is Echo Lake, to the right are the ski slopes of Cannon Mountain (they were grooming the trails), and to the left is Interstate 93 snaking its way through Franconia Notch. Overhead, Orion, the Milky Way, Jupiter, and the Beehive Cluster can be seen peeking through the fast moving clouds.

Technical details: shot with a Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod with leveling base, Panoneed robotic head, Promote Control, Nikon D700, & Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 2500, and 5 exposures of 1.7 EV steps from 0.3 to 30 seconds. The sphere is stitched from 13 positions of 5 exposures plus an extra bracket of me standing by the rock for a total of 70 images. RAW conversion, noise reduction, and sharpening to 16-bit TIFFs was done with Lightroom, exposure fusion with Photomatix Pro, stitched with PTGui Pro, and blended with a combination of PTGui, Enblend, and Photoshop layers by hand (particularly the moving clouds). Displayed with PanoTour Pro 2.0.



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