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Cirque de Gavarnie (France) – Near the center (Abusive HDR)

"The Cirque de Gavarnie is a cirque in the central Pyrenees, in the Pyrenees National Park. The cirque is 800m wide (on the deepest point) and about 3000m wide at the top. Major features of the cirque are La Brèche de Roland and the Gavarnie Falls."

Source, Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cirque_de_Gavarnie

Le Cirque de Gavarnie is a magical place, looking surreal like it was straight out a medieval fantasy book... it could also very well come from another planet! Yet it's a real place that I gladly visited before my almost three years discovering the world (just Australia and Taiwan actually) where I've visited dozens of surreal scenes as wonderful as this one. Like an missed opportunity, an outstanding encounter... It's unbelievable the awesome places we can miss while they're right next to us! this panorama doesn't make it justice at all, I highly recommend to see it by yourself. For the little story, I've climbed it with my tiny family by the end of summer 2011, it's a long, yet easy walk that pretty much everyone can manage.

Thanks to 360Cities, you can watch this panorama in VR (using Cardboard or whatever else means you own) if you want. Indeed it wasn't shot in stereoscopy so there's no depth data (it won't be in 3D). But it will still feel more immersive than staring at fixed screen. Unfortunatly I didn't (and still don't) own the gear to achieve such a thing.

Technical Stuff:

214 Megapixels HDR 360° panorama shot and rendered back in 2011. It was one of my first pictures shot with a reflex (Nikon D5100 with a Tamron 10-24mm), as well as one of my first trial of 360 degrees panoramas and HDR rendering. Hence the contrasts/saturation overdose.

It contains 45 pictures all shot in triple exposure for HDR (meaning 135 pictures in total), all shot by hand without using a tripod.

Rendered using Photomatix, Kolor Autopano Giga, Adobe Photoshop and Nik Color Efex.

Excuse my English, I'm getting a little rusty these days.

Copyright: Emeric Commenge
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 20708x10354
Taken: 05/09/2011
Uploaded: 07/09/2011
Updated: 02/03/2017


Tags: cirque; gavarnie; moutain; pyrenees; france; waterfall; landscape; nature; rock; tree; hdr; exterior; unesco; summer; fall; midday; mountain; stream
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