By David Shield

Hidden Lake Panorama

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D7000
State/Province/Region
CA
Country
US
Nearest Area
Logan Pass
Town
West Glacier
Brief Directions

From the West Glacier entrance of Glacier National Park, drive east on Going to the Sun Road. Park at the Logan Pass Visitor Center. The Hidden Lake Trailhead is behind the visitor Center.

Notes

Exposures ranged from between 121 and 147 seconds. The aperture was f/11; however I stopped down to f/9, as the light was fading fast by the time I shot the final few images. My lens setting was f/16, with an ISO of 125. Stitching was completed in Kolor Autopano Pro.

Description

This scene represents one of the main reasons I became interested in Panorama Photography. The format gives one the ability to include so much more detail that can be captured in a traditional rectangular image. To make things interesting, I decided to attach a 10-stop Neutral Density filter to my lens. As well as capturing a sweeping panorama scene, I also wanted to record light and color as vibrant and clean as possible, while envisioning some ethereal or surreal effect. Using this filter added the challenge of completing every shot, before the sunset light was gone. That meant being able to frame and focus just the first shot in the series, as my viewfinder was completely dark after that. For each of the other 13 shots, I very carefully panned and adjusted my tripod head, so each capture would include enough overlap, and be perfectly level.

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Date Taken
08/09/2013

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