Acadia National Park & Mount Desert Island - Aaron Priest Photography

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James Flachsbart shoots Orion and Sirius over Stanley Brook Bridge in Acadia National Park on December 15, 2015, 11:38 PM. Stanley Brook Road was closed for the winter, so we had no traffic to be concerned about. This “vertorama” is stitched from two portrait images with PTGui, plus a long exposure of the road and bridge masked over it in Photoshop. I brought all the images into PTGui and used the “Link” feature under Image Parameters and saved the image out of PTGui as a .PSB file with “individual layers only” so the bottom images would have the same alignment in Photoshop for masking and blending. Learn about this and more at our upcoming Night Sky Panoramas workshop in May:

Camera settings: 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 6400, 25 seconds x 2 images for the sky and 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 3200, 240 seconds for the ground.

Equipment used: Nikon D810, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Promote Control, and Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod w/ leveling base & multi-row panning head. Long exposure noise reduction via Pixel Fixer. RAW conversion via Lightroom.

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