Milky Way over Nubble Light

Officially called Cape Neddick Light, this is apparently one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. I traveled to the New England coast to photograph snowy owls and the Milky Way with a decent foreground. I found snowy owls in Rye, NH and Salisbury, MA, but I did not see a decent place to set up for an early morning photo of the Milky Way. So I journeyed to Cape Neddick in York, ME. I must have photographed the lighthouse there many years ago, but I sure don’t remember doing so — my photos were probably not very good.

This is a 4-shot panorama with a 14mm lens on a full frame body, shot a ISO 1600, f/2.8, and 25 seconds. The yellow light on both sides is not from the sun, which will eventually rise roughly behind the lighthouse. You can click this image to zoom way in then pan around. Please wait for the resolution to download. You can also use the + and – keys to zoom and the arrow keys to scroll. Or use the scroll wheel to zoom and the left mouse to drag.