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Lighting the Way

by on Aug.08, 2019, under Life, Photography

Lighting the Way

Lighting the Way

NIKON Z 7 + 14.0 mm f/2.4 @ 14 mm, 15 sec at f/2.4, ISO 6400 x 5 Frames

Unfortunately some pesky clouds were forming in the south during the night. This was and would cause havoc with my star trails images. You can see this with some broken trails in the bottom right of the star trails image in my previous post

So I returned to my camera early to retrieve it

Before leaving however – as the milky way was essentially almost completely vertical overhead…. I decided to try some vertical panoramas with my selected tree and the milky way

This is a five (5) frame vertical panorama. It starts with me on the southern (South Australia) side of the tree facing north (into Norther Territory :)). The moving progressively upward shooting the milky way as it streaks overhead. The top of the frame is actually facing south behind

So what you’re seeing here is the full 180˚ arc of the milky way from north to south overhead in a single flat vertical frame

Using my Novoflex multi row panorama rails makes this much much easier than my previous trip up north

In this instance I was using horizontal frames with the Samyang 14mm and 45˚ increments (8 click stops) with the pano rig

I have however noticed some artefacts of the joins between the frames in the sky. So next time I plan to use 10 click stops (36˚ increments) for more overlap between the frames (and more frames overall for stitching)

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