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Reef Panorama…

by on Nov.29, 2014, under Life, Photography

As I was already setup for a vertical composition I then decided to put together some frames for a stitched reef panorama. Being lazy yet again I just zoomed the lens I had on at the time (the 16-35/4) as much as I could (35mm) rather than changing lenses to the 24-70.

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.

This first one was a bit of a test – and it was a little funky because I still had the polariser on and things go awry the closer we get to pointing 90° to the rising sun – i.e. the left and right of this panorama. Still I liked what the clouds and the reflection were doing so persisted with the panorama.

Glass Eye

Glass Eye

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 35 mm, 2.5 sec at f/11, ISO 100 x 9 Frames

This one is a full 360° panorama – with the polariser now removed – the result of stitching 18 frames. I’ve actually cropped the left edge slightly for compositional reasons – looks sort of like a face with two eyes and a nose to me…

On the left we have the Long Reef headland (with a nice golf course up on the top) with the rocks on the reef scattered all around us and Jason Baker is over on the right taking a long exposure. I had to adjust the exposure a little on the way around with this one – because some of the frames are pointing towards where the sun was rising and some away from it and the light levels were changing rapidly in the few minutes it took to take all the frames.

Reflected Eyes

Reflected Eyes

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 35 mm, 4 sec at f/11, ISO 100 x 18 Frames

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