Twilight Milky Way Over François

Panorama with Nikon Z 7 and NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens

The Milky Way arcs over the incredibly remote village of François, Newfoundland. Nestled into the top of an ocean fjord, François (pronounced “fran-sway”) is an isolated village that is only accessible by ferry. No roads lead here, and there are no cars in town. The town has paths and boardwalks that are just large enough for ATVs, but you can walk from end to end in a few minutes. It’s a 4 hour ferry ride to get here, with a stop in Grey River, another remote village.

The moon had risen just a few minutes before I started this panorama, which is why the sky is very orange on the right part of the horizon. It was also astronomical twilight so the sky was still very blue.

I hiked up to this view with the intention of using my NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8 lens for this shot, but when I was lightening my pack before the hike I goofed and forgot to include the FTZ lens adapter, so I ended up having to use the Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens, which is a great lens but at f/4 I was only getting half as much light, and less light means more noise, but it still worked out. If I was doing star stacking for a single shot it really wouldn’t have mattered, but for panoramas I do single shots for each segment of the panorama since star stacking each segment would take a very long time and cause the Milky Way to move quite a bit more between the start and end of the panorama.

Nikon Z 7 with NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens @ 14mm, f/4, ISO 3200, 20 seconds, 10 shots for this panorama. I used the Nodal Ninja RD16-II rotator with 30 degree click stops to make panning the camera very easy, no headlamp required to look at the panning base to manually find the next 30 degree increment.

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