Updated: Apr 17, 2020
In May of 2015 I did something crazy...I drove across the United States to work as an Astronomy Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. Along my journey, I stopped at multiple National Parks and would like to share the first astrophotograph from that trip.
This image taken from Badlands National Park has aurora (pink in the lower left), light pollution (orange on the horizon), air glow (green across the entire image), and finally the Milky Way hidden behind air glow. I took this panorama May 18th, 2015 with a Nikon D750 and 14-24mm lens at F2.8 at14mm, ISO 6400, and 25 second exposures. No tracking mount was used.
This image has a lot of firsts in it for me. Until this image, I never captured an aurora, or air glow in such a remarkable manner. Being out in the Badlands at night was an experience I recommend everyone try.The calm air and lack of noise made for an incredibly peaceful night under the stars, I felt as if I had the National Park to myself. The emotions I felt after capturing aurora and air glow were of elation and utter respect for our beautiful universe.