Mike Taylor contributed this image, which he captured on May 7, 2014 at 2:45 a.m. He wrote:
This image is a four-shot panorama featuring the springtime arc of our Milky Way galaxy reflected in the calm water of Unity Pond, Maine. The structure on the left is a train trestle located on the unused train tracks. This is a tough spot to shoot from because of the rocky and marshy terrain but well worth it.
There is quite a bit of green airglow in the sky and the orange hue on the horizon is light pollution.
Processed through Lightroom 5 & Photoshop CS5 and stitched via PTGui.
Nikon D600 & 14-24 @ 15mm
f/2.8 – 4 x 30 secs – ISO 4000 – WB Kelvin 3570
Thank you, Mike!
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