Milky Way Over Dos Cabezas Siding in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Panorama
The air temperature was around 95°F, so I had to do a fair amount of noise reduction in post-production. To improve the quality of my future hot weather long exposures, I'm currently building a thermoelectric camera cooling system. Basically it works like a miniature air conditioner for my camera. More details on this project in the near future.
This panoramic image was made from 49 frames shot with a Canon 6D and Mitakon 35mm f/2 lens at 15 sec f/2.8 ISO 3200. Because this lens is only 35mm, I had to shoot multiple levels of panning back and forth. This is my first multi-level panorama. Usually I shoot panoramas with my Sigma 15mm lens, but I wanted to try something different - plus get less distortion than I get when I shoot with the 15mm.
The water tower seen here is part of the SD&AE and dates back to the age of steam locomotives.
The San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway Company is a short-line American railroad originally founded in 1906 as the San Diego & Arizona Railway (SD&A) by sugar heir, developer, and entrepreneur John D. Spreckels. Dubbed "The Impossible Railroad" by many engineers of its day due to the immense logistical challenges involved, the line was established in part to provide San Diego with a direct rail link to the east by connecting with the Southern Pacific Railroad lines in El Centro, California. The SD&A's 146.4-mile (235.61 km) route originates in San Diego, California and terminates in El Centro, California.
The Baja California Railroad has taken out a long-term lease of this line and plans to restore freight service in the near future. Rumor has it that the Baja California RR will be taking measures to keep explorers and hikers away from the Goat Canyon Trestle, the abandoned passenger cars near De Anza Springs, and other parts of this line in the very near future. While the portion you see here is in a public park, other portions of the line will be secured with gates on the tunnels, security patrols, etc.