P1W4 – Panoramic

I took three pano shots, two for learning/experimentation and one for my submission. The first is one of my learning shots.

St. Anthony Track (Pano)

I kept my eye out for good pano shots, but had a hard time identifying them. Finally I decided to go out in mid-afternoon despite the poor lighting conditions to simply take photos that I could later stitch together in Photoshop. If nothing else, I could learn from the experience.

For this I shot in manual, and tried using a high shutter speed to counteract the bright light. As a result, the photo ends up a little grainy.

Sam-Loveland-Saint-Anthony-Tracks-Pano-1000

Date: May 19, 2014, Mid-Afternoon
Location: St Anthony, ID
F-Stop: 16
Shutter Speed: 1/1600
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Levels, Vibrance, Unsharp Mask

Sunset Pond (Pano)

After playing with some of the shots I got in the afternoon, I came back during better lighting conditions to take better shots. Earlier I had tried to do a pano shot of the Tetons, but even though my apartment is pretty close, it isn’t close enough and they were way too far in the background.

For this shot, I wanted to catch the sunset in the clouds, but found an area that had something interesting going on in the foreground as well (cows, horses, pond).

The one thing I forgot when shooting this one was to turn my camera vertically, so that the final wasn’t so long of a strip. If I had remembered to do so, I could have caught more of the trees so they weren’t cut off so badly, but regardless I’m quite happy with the final result.

I also started by focusing my first shot in Program mode, in order to check the settings. I used these as my basis for shooting the rest in manual, so that it didn’t turn out grainy.

Sam-Loveland-Pond-Sunset-Pano-1000

Date: May 19, 2014, Late Evening
Location: St Anthony, ID
F-Stop: 5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/50
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Levels, Vibrance, Unsharp Mask

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