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The Milk Factory…

by on Aug.18, 2016, under Life, Photography

The Milk Factory – a fully planned (for a change :)) 360˚ panorama taken here under the magically dark skies of Glen Davis. It was to by my last (usable) shot this evening before we headed back to the house for a well earned dinner (lamb roast… mmmm…).

The Milk Factory

Once again making use of my new Novoflex multi row panorama system resulted in things being somewhat effortless. The camera can be rotated horizontally and vertically around the nodal point. Whilst the click stops make it quick, trivial and error free in the dark.

I setup in a suitable spot to allow for the full 360˚ rotation and started taking the middle row of frames. With something like this you have to light paint each frame (so the foreground isn’t just complete darkness). Ideally you also get the overlapping portions of the frames to have relatively the same light painting between frames. To be honest it’s a bit of serendipitous pot luck really :).

I had to get my companions to move when I got round to where they were. I then tilted upwards and too the next row in reverse.

Finally I took two frames pointing straight up at 90˚ to each other. I don’t think the upward frames are strictly necessary. I believe the upward angled row with the Samyang 14mm is wide enough to cover the zenith completely.

The end result two rows of nine (9) horizontal frames and two upward shots for a total of 20 individual frames to stitch.

I didn’t take any downward facing frames so I had to fake the small dark area at the bottom (the nadir). This was required to complete the full 360˚ by 180˚ photosphere view you see in the interactive viewer above.

Below is the flattened 2D equirectangular projection view which I’ve cropped for a more pleasing overall composition.

The Milk Factory

The Milk Factory

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 30 sec at f/2.8, ISO 6400 x 20 Frames

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

Entropy * Photographic Exhibition

One concept; 9 Photographers; 9 Interpretations

On a related note – if you like this sort of work, or if you’d like to see some of my milky way panoramics and other astro photography in person. Please do come along to our upcoming exhibition titled Entropy where I include some of my work taken in remote outback Australia.

Our exhibition will be at The Art Space on the Concourse @ Chatswood (Sydney’s North Shore). It’s showing from Wednesday 7th to Sunday 18th September 2016 and entry is Free. If you can make it we’d love to see you there.

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