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A Loo with a View

by on Dec.27, 2018, under Life, Photography

I’d already had a fantastic day shooting these amazing gorges and natural beauty here at Dales. Still there was no time for sleeping – with such spectacular opportunities on offer how could I let any chance slip by

Moonrise wasn’t till 9:37PM tonight and we were so soo sooo out in remote dark skies territory here. No time for shooting star trails yet but some static milky way action was on offer. I didn’t have the energy to do something spectacular (or crazy) like shooting stars from within one of the gorges. However I could forgo sleeping just a little and step outside and shoot from next to the van 🙂

The milky way was almost vertical in the sky at this time (of year and time of night) and the galactic core was almost directly above us. I wanted to do another arch of stars over… something… but it was going to be incredibly difficult.

A Loo with a View

A Loo with a View

NIKON D750 + 14.0 mm f/2.8 @ 14 mm, 30 sec at f/2.8, ISO 8000 x 6 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.

I took some vertical frames for a horizontal archway of stars (over the only thing I had in the clearing near us – the loo building :)). My aim was for the loo to be in the centre with the arch going high overhead and I’d call it “A Loo with a View” 🙂

Alas I took these frames like I’ve done most of these off horizontal panoramas with the 14mm. By hand and by eye – guessing the actual framing and overlap. Finally my luck ran out – I’d been doing so well so far. I think when I took the frames at the time I had an inkling they weren’t going to work properly.

The six source frames didn’t successfully stitch properly. They also didn’t really extend up far enough to cover the top of the arch properly in all but the centre frame.

Flash forward 3+ years and Lightroom still couldn’t deal with the frames. However the new Photoshop has done a better (albeit pretty horrible) result. I’ve had to drastically massage the resultant stitch and lost most of the resolution. It’s at least somewhat presentable now tho 🙂

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