I'll be back. We have a workshop running here from August 10-12, 2018.
... and another with Harold Davis the following month.
Eric Harness composes his own panorama while I snapped a single row, almost 360 degree sweep of the area. At the left is the glow of the town of Lone Pine. Coincidentally the place where the Milky Way kisses the rocks is also lit because it's the tallest part of the formation and is lit by glow from Lone Pine. Lone Pine adds yet more "ambiance" by also lighting the distant Sierra Mountain range as can be seen up the road.
Since none of the photo sharing services do a good job with very wide panoramas, try not to only look at the "default" view.
This is a 12 image stitch using Microsoft ICE with post processing to bring up the level of the foreground and tone down the brightness of the sky that results from 40 second exposures at ISO 6400.
We captured this after a StarCircleAcademy expedition in Alabama Hills, California. It includes the same central region as my prior shot - though it does look like the stitching had a rough time in the scrub on the hill.
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