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Stitched Panorama Long Exposures at Greenwich…

by on Apr.17, 2013, under Life, Photography

After the sun had set on our quick trip down to Manns Point in Greenwich; I wanted to try some twilight long exposure panoramas. The only real trick with these (beyond the excessive amount of time it takes to take one pano set (and trying to level your tripod in the dark and seeing how far to rotate for each frame with a very dark viewfinder:))) is waiting for all the lit moving craft to move out of your frames (ferrys, speedboats and even some kayakers).

I took two panoramas of essentially the same scene – however the end results look quite different even though they were only taken about 10-20 minutes apart. The first with the longer exposures (and CPL perhaps?) captures the late twilight purple/blue, whereas the second has headed into night (by now we’ve essentially lost the twilight colour in the sky) and we’re influenced more by the strong light pollution from the city lighting the clouds from below.

Two very different looks on the same scene – which do you like the best?

Note: These photographs (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.

Panorama stitched from seven (7) vertical frames taken at 35mm and 60 seconds each @ f/11 and ISO 200 (also used the Lee 0.9 grad ND and Heliopan CPL) (I actually had to bump to ISO 400 for the last four frames because the light was dropping) – taken between 7:15PM and 7:25PM. I also did a little light painting on the tree…

Dark City

Dark City

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 35 mm, 60 sec at f/11, ISO 400

Panorama stitched from six (6) vertical frames taken at 35mm and 30 seconds each @ f/8 and ISO 400 (just using the Lee 0.6 grad ND) – taken between 7:30PM and 7:40PM

Golden Glow

Golden Glow

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 35 mm, 30 sec at f/8, ISO 400

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