I still don’t think I’ve really nailed this photo in terms of exposure or composition. Can’t want until I can do 10 minutes plus. There are a few other bit and pieces along the beach in the vicinity that should scrub up nicely as well. This one is a three minute exposure, f11, ISO 100. 24mm. Nikon D4
Been playing around with long exposures, this one is around four minutes, but the remote I have requires I hold the button down while in BULB, which means circulation comes to a grinding and painful halt after a few five minute exposures. I really wanted to do 8 or 10 minutes as the sun went down but my fingers were down for the count. I’ve ordered an inter voltmetre that will make long exposures waaaay easier.
15 images after stitching in AutoPano Pro. PT Gui just couldn’t handle it and wanted me to go in and assign god knows how many control points manually. zzzzzzz. No thanks. I am actually really impressed with Auto Pano Pro, it does some things much, much better than PT Gui, although PT Gui is much faster in cranking out blends and you have more ultimate control over the final product. I originally bracketed the shots +1 / -1 but I just didn’t need them in the end. So this is just the main pane at 1/125. Note it has had lens distortion corrected in LR3 prior to exporting.
After cropping 1×1 and some basic adjustment layers in CS5, mainly LAB colour conversion, exposure boost and some colour balance.
Some dodging and burning, painting over the blown highlights to drop them from 255 to between 245 and 213, saturation painting and sharpening. Probably a bit oversaturated in the top half, but I like the contrast between the warmth in the upper portion to the blue-cold foundation. But I will probably pull back on the yellows in the upper half.
45 shots stitched AutoPano Pro – only used the 1/125 exposure blend and ditched the brackets.