I shot this panorama of the Milky Way over Otter Point in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine on August 3, 2016, 02:22, before heading back home. Andromeda is peaking through the clouds and a few stars are reflecting in a tidal pool in front of the boulder I’m sitting on.
Camera settings: 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 6400, 20 seconds for the sky and 14mm, f/2.8, ISO 6400, 160 seconds for the ground.
Stitching data: 2 rows of 6 images + 1 dedicated zenith image x 2 exposures for a total of 26 images.
Equipment used: Nikon D810, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Promote Control, DslrDashboard on a Nexus 7 tablet, Panoneed robotic panning head, Goal Zero Sherpa 100 battery, and Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod. Long exposure noise reduction in Pixel Fixer, RAW conversion with Lightroom, aligned via PTGui, and manually blended with masks in Photoshop. 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.