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.
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.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.