Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Photo of the Week - 21 May 2005

This image is a merged panorama of five separate shots taken in portrait mode. The merge image is 8200 by 2124 pixels (a whopping 17.4 megapixels - take that you punny 16.7 megapixel 1DsMkII), and is about 160 degrees (~ 4mm horizontal equivalent). The shots where taken last Friday after some pretty heavy rain mid-week at a spot called Winifred Falls. There are two falls between Audely and the road out to Maianbar, and AllThingsAus.com has a good description of the falls (and all the other falls in the Sydney region).


The shot was taken around lunchtime, and a 4 stop neutral filter was used to blur the water going over the falls. My wife and daughter where at the top of the falls, and light rain began falling as I was setting up, so I had less than 20 minutes to set up and take the shots. Luckily, there are only two vantage points where the falls are actually visible from the base, and this one was clearly the best. The trees on either side of the small clearing nicely frame the shot, and the overcast conditions kept the light fairly even.


The shots where taken with the EF 17-40mm f/4L USM set to around 29mm to avoid excessive distortion that can totally kill the merge process. Photoshop's inbuilt merge was used, and this nailed the merge with no visible seams and no stuffing around choosing common points that made Pano Tools such a painful exercise.



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