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From Bianca about this image:
Pano / Stack / Blend
My husband (and Milky Way buddy) and I were set to go camping at Arches National Park this week, but decided to put it off until June. We do live in Sedona, AZ though, and thought, why not just shoot around town? People come from all over the world to shoot where we live, so why not just spend our new moon week at some good spots close to home? On the 15th, (actual new moon) we ventured out to a spot that overlooked a lot of Sedona to try out what we’d planned. My plan was to see what a super long exposure would yield on a foreground landscape. I wanted to try about 5 to 7 minutes and see how it looked. It worked! I could actually see the landscape, crystal clear! That was a first. But the Milky Way was so high over the landscape that we decided to come back again the next night.
So, this photo is from the next night, we picked a new spot and came out earlier, when the Milky Way was just rising behind Cathedral Rock. I had something in mind that was more ambitious than anything I'd done before, but if if my research had served me right, then my pano/stack/blend should come together, if I did in fact plan it correctly. I was pretty excited, and because of my excitement I accidentally shot my sky at 1.4, ISO 8000 which for a 13 second shot kind of blew out the sky. I accepted it, figuring “Maybe too much data isn’t a bad thing? I can always come back from too much light, right?” (Would love to hear thoughts about this, actually.)
I shot a stack of 4 for the sky, in two upper quadrants. Then, for my two lower quadrants I did 2 stacks of 3 each as 6 minute exposures. I only chose to only do 4 & 3 photo stacks, because of time. The whole process took about 45 minutes, but if I had more time I would have stacked more.