The Milky Way peaks out from behind clouds over The Castle, casting reflections on Wellington Lake in Park County, Colorado. This is mosaic of 21 images – over the time it took to capture all the frames, the clouds motion created an interesting blur.
The original is very large – 9398 x 11095 pixels, ideal for very large prints available here
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Canon 5D Mark III with a Rokinon 24mm 1.4 at F/2.0. Twenty one 30 second exposures at ISO 3200. I have had bad experience with strong magenta casts in the shadows with Photoshop ACR. I have found a way around this – first convert the RAW files to tiffs with IrfanView then stitch the tiffs into a mosaic in Photoshop CS6.
Once the mosaic was put together, I made several adjustments in Photoshop using gradient filters to bring up the reflection and tone done the sky background and various selective adjustments (Select -> Color Range, levels, curves & color balance) to increase contrast in the clouds and reduce their yellowness.