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Middle Head Sunset Telephoto Panorama…

by on Apr.08, 2013, under Life, Photography

Before Gerry and I embarked upon our light painting extravaganza at Middle Head Fort we each looked for some potential at sunset. With the lovely late afternoon light hitting both north and south head over to the east of us we were both thinking we might be able to do some telephoto landscape or panorama work in that direction… and then fickle as always the lovely light was gone and it looked like it was going to stay that way behind heavier clouds over where the sun was setting 🙁

I headed up onto the roof of the highest fort whilst Gerry headed over to one of the open forts.

I wanted to try a more telephoto perspective panorama so fitted the new Sigma 85/1.4 (I know a portrait lens in the hands of a Landscape photographer! :)) and also added my usual Lee filter kit (in this case the Heliopan CPL + a Lee 0.9 (3 stop) Graduated ND).

It’s surprising how difficult it is to frame up a wide panorama sequence when using a tele (I’m much more used to doing it with much wider 12 to 35mm focal lengths)… Anyway this is the result of stitching twenty two (22) vertical/portrait frames shot at 85mm 0.8 sec @ f/11 and ISO 100. The field of view is probably a bit over 180 degrees and the resultant image was stupidly large (around 55 thousand pixels wide and almost 8GB in filesize) so I downsized to a 17 thousand pixel wide master to work on instead.

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

Sunset over the Fort

Sunset over the Fort - Panorama

NIKON D600 + 85.0 mm f/1.4 @ 85 mm, 0.8 sec at f/11, ISO 100 x 22 Frames

This really is an image you have to see larger to appreciate (you can click through for a somewhat larger version) and it’s surprising just how much very fine detail remains even in my downsized master version when you zoom into the image, also shows you just how sharp this Sigma 85/1.4 is. The following is a very small section of 100% image crop about 1/8th of the way in from the left side.

Sunset over the Fort

NIKON D600 + 85.0 mm f/1.4 @ 85 mm, 1/1 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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