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What Could Be Better by Gary Butler

December 2019 - What Could Be Better

December 2019 - Gary Butler

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December 2019 - Gary Butler

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About the Image(s)

I shot this sequence at Mendon Ponds Park - just south of Rochester, NY. It was late October about 3:00 PM. The broad expanse of the foliage around the lake allowed my to shoot 15 shots at 4 degree intervals. These were shot at 300mm focal length, f/13 and ISO 100. For a "stitched" panorama you must shoot in Manual Mode. I bracketed the shutter speeds for each image at 1/125, 1/40 and 1/11 second. Each of the 15 shots were converted to HDR using DxO's HDR Efex Pro 4. Of these I ultimately used 5 to create the stitched image you see here.

The Fisherman required a bit different approach since he was slowly trolling. I shot the same sequence of shutter speeds but created my HDR by creating two Dupes of the 1/125 shot at +1 EV and +2 EV so that there was no motion. I then over-layed the fisherman into the panorama using On1 2019 Layers.

I did crop the stitched pano some. I looked at cropping it further on the right to get down to a standard format but I feel it losing something in the image when I do that.

1 comment posted

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
You can never go wrong with fishing! The colors in the reflected water is outstanding. I would have softened the trees themselves as my eye is attracted to the reflection and the boat. I would edit out the power pole and lines at the 1/3 right side. I really like the weeds at the bottom to frame the image. The softened clouds at top are perfect!   Posted: 12/06/2019 10:53:28


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