This is a 726 megapixel panorama stitched from 225 photos (75 positions x 3 brackets) of a hiking trip I recently took along Maine’s Bold Coast with some of the finest astrophotographers in New England. I took a few daytime panoramas too obviously!
I used a 10 stop B+W ND filter at f/22 to get long 30 second shutter speeds during the day of the ocean’s surf on the rocks. It was incredibly windy so I wasn’t sure if it would come out at all when I shot it. It took an hour and fifteen minutes at 50mm to capture all of the images with a Panoneed robotic head and Promote Control. The Panoneed has gyroscopes and a vibration sensor to only take photos when it is still, and on a Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod and leveling base it is very stable and vibration resistant. Some of the trees are blurry from blowing in the wind and it almost gives a feeling of depth, like bokeh from a wide open aperture. I shot three brackets spaced 1.7 EV apart to cover the entire dynamic range so the sun wouldn’t be too blown out: 5 seconds, 13 seconds, and 30 seconds. The panorama was stitched and blended with PTGui Pro, but some of the sky was done row by row and images individually placed by hand, then masked in as layers in Photoshop to correct for the sun and cloud movement over such a long period of time between rows. The final image size is 38102 x 19051 or 158.76” x 79.38” @ 240dpi when printed.
Shooting data: Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8, & B+W 10 stop ND filter @ 50mm, f/22, ISO 200, and 3 exposures spaced 1.7 EV apart: 5 sec, 13 sec, and 30 sec.
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The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.