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How Stean Gorge

By kit-monster    
My first serious attempted at composing a panoramic shot in the field. I wanted to show the flow of the river and the gorge leading into the distance. I also wanted to include detail like the trailing ivy and include the lush vegetation cascading down the walls.

Here's the technical bit . . .

There was a huge dynamic range so I would have to bracket as well as stitch. Once Nick and Bex had moved their bags, I set up the tripod and camera in landscape mode. I use an L bracket and macro plates so the camera can rotate through the nodal point of the lens. This eliminates paralax and there's an excellent tutorial / explanation on the Really Right Stuff website.

I took 12 sets of three shots at ISO 100, f22, .5s, 2s and 8s. Between each shoot I moved the camera 15 degrees. I could have made bigger sweeps but because I was going to create an HDR image, I make sure that if one shot doesn't align, the whole series isn't lost.

Back at home I merged each set of three images using photomatix and then tone mapped. I then stitched with PTGui to create a single large 16bit tiff file. This was then cropped and processed in photoshop - levels, a bit of colour work and then resized and sharpened for upload.

Please fell free to comment on my composition or technique. Please view the large version!

Tags: Rocks Water Yorkshire Panorama Limestone Landscape and travel Nwmeet08 How stean gorge

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japa 11 3 United Kingdom
15 May 2008 6:33PM
lovely shot, Trish

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Briwooly 12 452 5 England
15 May 2008 7:29PM
Great shot like the crop works well

ardbeg77 14 1.2k 6 Sao Tome And Principe
15 May 2008 7:40PM
Ed - the large version of this is a must, and I can guess that printed large it will be even more impressive. I can't comment on the technical side of the capture (except that it sounds like a hell of a lot of hard work!). I love the way it's turned out, though - the colour and light are sumptuous - really lush and cool feel to it. The range of colours in browns and greens really work well. My only difficulty with it is my eyes struggle to find a point to rest on - but I don't know if that's necessarily a bad thing with a large pano image? From your descriptioni, may be you wnated the viewer to follow the water form the pool on the right to the rocks on the left? There's just so much going on - but I really think this can't be judged on a normal sized monitor. Congrats on the result, though Smile

JamesBurns 10 1.3k 7
15 May 2008 8:42PM
Stuff me Ed, that's gorgeous! EC or HC material I would say (so that should curse it!)

How did you cope with water movement between the shots - did you do some layering trickery, or did Photomatix cope OK with it?
stevieb 14 3.0k 2 Panama
16 May 2008 1:16PM
Looks like the technique worked well. I'm slightly with Steve on the rest point, however, if you stand back it's a lot easier to get to grips with. Nice greens BTW Wink
kit-monster 14 3.7k 2 Singapore
16 May 2008 5:15PM
Cheers for the comments. My plan was that the eye would initially drift from left to right and down the gorge. I also wanted to include the cascading vegetation and the the luminous green algae growing on the limestone. i think I over cooked the colour a little!

As for the movement and stitching, photomatix coped well with movement. It seems to cope very well with moving water.
stevieb 14 3.0k 2 Panama
16 May 2008 5:47PM
One on mine has got tons of moving water in it and I'm still amazed how it coped. linky clicky but not clicky piccy Smile
Richsr 11 91 223 England
19 May 2008 1:31PM
like the details and colours in this Ed - certainly a lot of work in this - well captured and processed.
Regards Richard.
perkyjude 6 46 11 England
18 Aug 2011 6:33PM
Ahhh Yorkshire , I have been here!! Beautiful photo, although you have blinded me with science. Clearly you are very accomplished at editing, I am still very new by comparison to that side of things. An awesome shot begging for a huge wall print to be done.

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