Musings of a Photographer - Oct 2015

29th October 2015
Not blogged for a while so I thought I'd start again with some views and updates.
Thanks to David Noton, I've really taken to panoramas - these are very large elongated images like this:

This was 6 individual images stitched together in Lightroom. I thought I'd take you through the various stages of producing this image.

This image won Editors Choice on Ephotozine - an online photo site for photographers.

Firstly I'd plan like every other photo trip checking the weather via various apps and using the Photographers Ephemeris for sun positions but also checking for other images of the same location.
In this case I arrived about an hour before sunrise and I knew that the sun would rise from over my left shoulder. Walking distance was only 3/4 mile but the climb was around 700 feet - actually not that easy with a full backpack of lenses and tripod!
I wanted to be above the old ruins (this was shot on the old corpse trail above Haweswater in the Lake District)
I spent some time working on the composition wanting to include the ruins but I didn't want them to hide any of the islands on the reservoir.
The forecast was for early sun but unfortunately the area was shrouded in mist for about 3 hours in which time, rather than twiddling my thumbs, I wandered up and down the hill looking for other compositions.
At last the mist cleared and I was able to take the shots.
Once back at home I selected the images in Lightroom(my photoediting software) and optimised the final image to what you see in my gallery.
Here's another shot from Tarn Hows - this was actually 7 images stitched together:

Incidentally, I used a 28mm prime lens for this shot - increasingly I'm finding that they give me much better and sharper image quality than zooms - they are also much lighter which my back definitely approves of.
Many people ask why I shoot panoramas - apart from the aesthetics of a wide view of a scene - they produce very large files - in this case I can easily print up to 36" X 15" without any intervention from Photoshop and retain huge amounts of detail.

I also bought a 35mm prime - Sigma - for use at a wedding shoot I did for some friends. I've used it a few times for landscapes and it gives beautiful colour and sharpness.
This shot from Curbar Edge towards the village illustrates the point.

Enough for now - I'll be back next month with some autumn images - the best time of year for a landscape photographer.