This photograph has quickly become my new favorite Milky Way Panorama to date. This is a conceptualized sequel to my image, "The Galaxy Guides Us Home" Which you can view here: http://500px.com/photo/40196166. I traveled deep into the Anza Borrego, in search of the perfect road direction for the flawless Milky Way arch. I did not want a simple composition this time. I wanted strong and vigorous shape to the foreground with the rocky hills and desert foliage. The galaxy at this certain area of the park is stunning. The light pollution near the core of the galaxy is minimal, and the light pollution towards the center of the photograph from Calexico and El Centro adds interest above the road.
From a technical perspective, basically the shot was achieved using 14 vertical images in two rows, with a 20MM lens to get the extremely wide perspective. The images were then stitched together using Adobe Photoshop CS6. This does not make the image a composite, it is actually a panorama. The integrity of the Milky Ways’ position and composition has been left natural. Some other processing I used included noise reduction, contrast, color correction, and bringing up the shadows of the foreground. This photograph was so fun to make, I hope you all enjoy viewing it as much as I did to create it. If you enjoy the image or learned something please share it, thank you so much!
Panoramas: Photoshop Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO0EhGvvcy4
Boosting The Milky Way: Lightroom Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60jVSCdU_s4
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EXIF: 20SEC F/2.8 ISO4000 Canon 6D, Sigma 20MM F/2.5