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3.52 - "Excellent" 

Here's a pano of the Milky Way rising above the Arch Rock in Joshua Tree NP.

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Alexander Meier's picture

I gave it 5 star. I stuck between 4 and 5. so why not giving it a 5 :-) great work, Chad!

Chad Downum's picture

Thanks Alexander, A lot of planning and time went into this shot. Appreciate the nice words

Alexander Meier's picture

Yeah I know. And that‘s why it deserves a 5 star Rating to me. The composition is amazing! In my optinion the foreground could be a little brighter, but it’s all about how I would edit it :-)
Good luck! Maybe the best image in this contest so far... in my opinion.

Chad Downum's picture

Thanks again Alexander, Yeah I can agree the foreground is a little dark but thats kinda my style. Most of my images tend to be on the darker side. I'm glad you enjoy it!

Alex Armitage's picture

How many shots/stacks?

Joan Tessier's picture

Great Shot

Alex Armitage's picture

whoops wrong spot

Chad Downum's picture

This pano is made up of 7 vertical shots. There was no stacking for this image. My settings were 14mm at f2.8 ISO 6400 and either 20 or 25 sec shutter

Alex Armitage's picture

I guess stacking isn't as necessary when shooting large panos so that makes sense.

Chad Downum's picture

Yes stacking for all 7 vertical shots would have taken a lot of time. But it definitely would've helped reduce some of the noise in the final image.

Henrik Forsting's picture

Does the milky way naturally curve like that, or does it just appear that way when taking pano with wide lens? It has been straight for me, the few times I have managed to see and photo it. But I have never seen all of it at once.

Awsome photo! This should be the cover of national geographic or something. World class!

Alex Armitage's picture

I think the best way to imagine it is look left where you are standing, and then move your head looking into the sky until you reach the right side of your view. That's basically what you are seeing here in a square image. So no, it doesn't naturally curve like that in real life.

It's an effect of wide angle and fitting 180degrees into one image.

Chad Downum's picture

Thanks for the reply Alex

Chad Downum's picture

Thanks so much Henrik, Yes like Alex said its the effect of the wide angle and fitting a very larger area into one image. The top of the image is almost looking straight above if you were standing there. Hope this explains what you were asking. Appreciate the nice words

Scott Bra9's picture

Very Cool.