"Oh, the beauty of the vision that has been vouchsafed me . . ."

Jock Elliott

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Jan 3, 2012
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Troy, NY
Nicely done Jock. 6x2 or 4x3?
Actually, neither. I shot the 12 panels in vertical orientation with the zoom lens set at 135mm equivalent. It's hard to make sure you have good overlap using cloud edges for reference, so I did overkill and shot way more than (probably) was needed. So the pano is 1x12.

My only excuse is my state of mind when I am shooting scenes like this. First, I am an unrepentant sky junkie. Internally, I am raving on like a demented hippie: "Wow. Oh, wow. Look at that!" . . . etc. Second, these are dynamic events: the sun is setting; the clouds are moving (although last night, not too much), so the whole thing is changing and will disappear entirely in just a little while. So I get excited and am simply trying to capture this scene, which I find heart-breaking beautiful.

Finally, to my great good fortune, my better half (aka, the spotter-in-chief) is an enabler. She keeps a weather-eye peeled for these sky events and lets me know if she sees something of interest. After this pano was taken, she was driving us home, and noticed that the sunset had changed yet again. So she looped around to a street with a high elevation in the hopes of getting a better view. Unfortunately, power lines were in the way.

Probably waaaay more than you wanted to know . . . but thanks for asking.

Cheers, Jock
 

Jock Elliott

Hall of Famer
Jan 3, 2012
124
Troy, NY
Beautiful! And nicely done with the stitching!
Sorry for the delay in responding. The stitching was done with ICE -- Image Composite Editor -- which is a freebie from Microsoft and works with Windows. It's very easy to use, and the results can then be manipulated with whatever photo editing program you are using.

Cheers, Jock
 

TraamisVOS

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Nov 29, 2010
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Melbourne, Australia
I forget that "New York" doesn't always mean New York City. There's also New York, the state.

And in fact, most of what I thought was NYC is in fact a place called Long Island from which the ice tea probably comes from.

Also, Coney Island isn't some faraway land that The Warriors had to journey to, unlike the hobbits journeying to Mordor in Lord Of The Rings.
 

Kevin

Code Monkey 🐒
Nov 3, 2018
104
Pennsylvania, USA
Sorry for the delay in responding. The stitching was done with ICE -- Image Composite Editor -- which is a freebie from Microsoft and works with Windows. It's very easy to use, and the results can then be manipulated with whatever photo editing program you are using.

Cheers, Jock
ICE is one of those things that Microsoft released as a 'research' project but left it at that which is a bit of a shame. Their "BLINK Cliplets" app was fun to play with as well.

 

Jock Elliott

Hall of Famer
Jan 3, 2012
124
Troy, NY
ICE is one of those things that Microsoft released as a 'research' project but left it at that which is a bit of a shame. Their "BLINK Cliplets" app was fun to play with as well.

Here's another panorama stitched together with ICE -- a five-shot panorama captured with my HX400V -- and romanced with Luminar. I have this on my wall at home, printed as a 1 foot by 3 foot print.



It was with this shot that, for the first time, I really solved "the grandeur problem" with shooting the sky. When printed large, that spire on the horizon, about a quarter of the way from the left edge, gives a hint of how grand the scale really is.

Weather systems and cloud structures can be really enormous, so you need a wide angle lens to get it all in the frame, right?

Except that when you do that, the clouds look small.

It was this video --
-- that helped me to finally figure it out.

To wit: use a telephoto in vertical orientation to fill the frame with the clouds and then shoot a multi-frame panorama to "regain" the width.

Cheers, Jock
 

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