New on 500px : Milky Way over Spencer Bay, Moosehead Lake, Maine by AaronPriest by AaronPriest

October 4, 2013, 12:48 AM

I took this while scouting locations for a night photography workshop. The orange glow is light pollution from the dam at the east outlet of Moosehead Lake into the Kennebec River. The lights are sort of a yellow/amber color and I shifted the white balance and tint in Lightroom to make it more orange like a sunset. With a little saturation and vibrance boost as well it turns the sky into a beautiful magenta/purple fading into blue.

This is a composite of two photos: the sky was shot at ISO 3200 and a 30 second exposure, the ground at ISO 1600 and a 4 minute exposure, plus long exposure noise reduction. Both were shot with a Nikon D700 and 14-24mm f/2.8 lens @ 14mm and f/2.8. A little bit of artistic star bling was added with StarSpikes Pro to make them pop.

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