Tag Archives: Panorama

Sunset Pano from the Balcony

Stayed in Fajardo in Puerto Rico at the amazing El Conquistador Hotel. Had a nice high view overlooking the North end of the Island. Had a number of Thunderstorms that rolled in while we stayed, which sorta makes the day a bit tough from a planning perspective, but when they start to clear out around sunset, those clouds just provide the most amazing drama your lens can find.

This is a quick handheld panorama, did the Scott Kelby trick of turning my feet so it wouldn’t be so distorted when Photoshop stitched them together. In retrospect, I should have done this on a tripod and done a Pano-HDR like I did at Yosemite. I would have liked a bit more light along the hillside to show a bit of definition to the trees. Because the sun is already past the hilltop, everything underneath is just to dark in one exposure to have any detail. Bummer. Next time…

Nonetheless… I love these type of shots that show “transition areas” like sea to sky, sea to land, and land to sky… they simply make for more interesting shots.

Enjoy!

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Grand Central Terminal Panorama

Seems like every time I catch up with my photog friend Ron Hiner I have to borrow his 24 PCE lens. This amazing lens allows you to tilt and shift the lens mechanism from the focal plane of the sensor. It’s most commonly used in architectural photography to “straighten” vertical lines (normal lens’ bow inwards do to the curvature of the lens). It also makes a great pano lens because you can set your tripod and then “shift” the lens on its vertical axis across a scene… viola’ instant panorama.

Stood at the end of Grand Central Terminal in the direct center of the main lobby… wanted to make sure the image would be centered nicely. Snapped three shots and stitched them in CS3. Used Silver Efex Pro to convert to black and white (why? GCT is a timeless space… felt the B&W would give it this quality) Pretty straight forward. Love the architecture of this magnificent place.