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Beehive Lagoon

I bumped into my good friend, Mike Taylor, teaching one of his one-on-one workshops in Acadia National Park. We hung out until sunrise shooting a few places around the park. This is Beehive Lagoon during astronomical dawn on June 17, 2015 at 3:12 AM. The Milky Way is rapidly fading from view over Sand Beach and Otter Point as nautical dawn approaches in ten more minutes. The Big Dipper is visible to the right of The Beehive behind the guys. The trees are lit up by vehicles in the parking lot, probably arriving to shoot sunrise.

Camera settings: 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 5000, 20 seconds.

Stitching data: 2 rows of 6 photos. Finished panorama is 167MP, this image is a 4:1 crop out of the middle.

Equipment used: Nikon D810, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Promote Control, Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod w/ leveling base & panorama/gimbal head. Long exposure noise reduction via Pixel Fixer, RAW conversion in Lightroom, stitched with PTGui, blended with Photoshop, 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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