Yesterday I mentioned that daylight savings time would allow me the opportunity to get out and take photos after work again – well guess what – that’s exactly what I did yesterday!
Inspiration – Late Winter Sunset
So where did I go for my first foray back into photography since the start of 2014? One of my favorite local lookouts – Lookout Rock – which offers a great vantage point of the Blackstone River valley. The sun was setting into some low clouds on the horizon, which appear almost like a mountain silhouette, but I knew once the sun was behind those clouds the light would be gone for good. Of course with the sun still being higher in the sky the true sunset colors weren’t as dramatic as I’d hoped they’d be – but I still enjoy the final image and hope you do as well.
Lookout Rock is a beautiful location, but it’s something that even a wide angle lens can’t do justice. This photograph is made up of 21 single exposures, seven sets of three bracket HDR portrait shots which gives it a final resolution of 7710×4024 and some very impressive detail. The settings I used for the shot were f/9, ISO 100, 11mm, +/- 2 for the brackets.
For more on this technique read Creating HDR Panoramic Photographs Part 1 – Capturing the Images a guest post by Dan Villeneuve that goes over a very similar process of taking multiple bracket sets and stitching them together with Photoshop to make hugely detailed HDR panoramic images.
Overall I’m very pleased with the end result, but I’m just so happy I was able to get back out there and dust off the camera. It’s been too long!