FAVORITE MOMENTS OF 2015

I've had the good fortune to participate in some epic photographic adventures in 2015. Here's a quick slideshow of some of my favorite moments of the past year.

Happy New Year everyone!

PANORAMIC MERGER IN DEPTH: TORRES DEL PAINE, CHILE

 

View in HD: The depth and enlargeability of an ultra-hi-rez panoramic-merger.

Panoramic Mergers. I stumbled across the technique a decade ago when I was wishing for a wider angle lens for my medium format film camera.

On an amazingly calm Patagonian morning last month this scene could have been easily captured with a single frame with my Nikon D810, but by instead making a panoramic-merger from 8 images I created this highly-enlargeable, 80-megapixel image. Have I mentioned that I love this stuff?

Check out this gallery of select panoramic mergers. You can view this image full screen there.

HOME BASE: PORTLAND LAST NIGHT

 

30-frame Ultra-Hi-Rez Pano 35mm at F16 for 4 seconds per frame at ISO 64 (Click to Enlarge)

Cabin fever! The sun was out, it felt like spring in Portland and I was stuck working on my computer. Eventually overwhelmed -- I headed to the river for sunset. 

Despite a heavier cloud-cover than I'd hoped for, I really liked the way the subtle color in the western sky worked with the Seahawks colors on the Morrison St. Bridge to the north. The water was pretty choppy so I slowed my shutter to 4 seconds to smooth it out and help with the reflections. Yep, that's right... 4-seconds times 30 frames. With long exposure noise reduction turned on that means it took over 4 minutes to expose this image.

Following my current workflow: I did RAW edits in Adobe's Lightroom 5, assembled the panoramic in Photoshop CC and performed my finishing edits in onOne's Perfect Photo Suite 9.

-Hudson

SEATTLE SUNRISE: A LONG LENS PANORAMIC-MERGER

 
13-frames 80mm f8 for 8 seconds each at ISO 100  (Click to go fullscreen)

13-frames 80mm f8 for 8 seconds each at ISO 100 (Click to go fullscreen)

On this cold morning I wanted to convey how amazingly Seattle is nestled between the water and the mountains. A long lens is the best way to compress space and pull things optically closer together in the frame, but how do you capture a wide scene with a big lens? PANORAMIC MERGER is the answer... I used my 70-20mm and Really Right Stuff Panoramic adaptor to get just what I wanted. 

Seattle is such a fun city. The city itself the Sound, the Cascades, the islands, Olympic National Park. It's the jumping off point for so many of my favorite remembered adventures. If you haven't been here, put it on the list.

Oh yeah, they've got a decent football team too... ;-)