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The Very High Dynamic Range VR panoramic sequence is the technic which I would like to represent myself as an athlete and photo-artist at once.
The sequence - the day-part of the spherical panorama - was shot with help of my friend Vitaliy Bekker. He shot the 1/3 part of the pano while I was performing this amplitude trick, which calls fs720 (or front seven).
And the next night we came back with a tripod to exactly same place and made a spherical panorama with the view to night snowpark. For this reason we had to spend a night on a glacier of mt. Elbrus on approximately 4000 height. The sky was absolutely clear and we got a chance to capture the rainbow of Milky Way.
After it was a challenge for me to stitch and mix the day and night views to make this image. So dynamic range appears to be very high! (day shots were a 1/1600, and night's were 30sec, try to count how mane exposure stops here)).
and here is the night view which was used to built this VHDR
more pics available at www.ivvi.name
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