Milky Way Rising over Joshua Tree, California

Milky Way Rising over Joshua Tree
Darwin Plateau, California   –   June 10, 2021
— Ralph Paonessa
Canon EOS 6D H-alpha modified   *   Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC   *   ISO 3200   *   30 sec @ f/2.8

The summer Milky Way and bright center of our galaxy rise over a remote Joshua Tree "forest" in the northern Mojave Desert.

The view extends over more than 200°, with light domes from distant Las Vegas in the center, to the east, and Los Angeles at right, to the south. A lone photographer is visible.

Fourteen heavily overlapping images were merged as a cylindrical panorama in Adobe Lightroom Classic. This was edited in Photoshop, where a mask was created to adjust foreground and sky separately. Final adjustments were made in Lightroom.

Photo ID: 20210610-62-Pano-3-Edit