Vancouver's Skyline by Sunset (+Big Pano Stitches)

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by phrenic, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Got lucky with some warm winter light. Further warmed up with some LR tweaks. :smile: All shot with a G5. The composite shots were stitched by the awesome Microsoft ICE program. Finally got to use my cheapo 20$ tripod and wired shutter release haha.

    Comments and criticism always much appreciated.

    More shots (and full sized images) from the set can be found here: Vancouver Skyline - a set on Flickr


    Thanks,

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    P1010545 by illvilliaNY, on Flickr

    The under-rated 9-18mm. My most used lens.

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    P1010557_stitch by illvilliaNY, on Flickrr

    IIRC, 6 shot stitch with 40-150mm. Had to do a bit of smoothing via photoshop where the water didn't transition well. Funny how the cargo ship blends into the skyline.

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    P1010571_stitch by illvilliaNY, on Flickr

    A slightly different perspective.

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    P1010505 by illvilliaNY, on Flickr

    7.5mm Rokinon Fisheye. Can work well for landscapes!
     
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  2. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
  3. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    The criticism is very helpful, thanks! Hey everyone likes praise, but it doesn't help you grow as a photographer.

    Oops, I probably should have done more highlight recovery..didn't move the slider at all. Kinda wish I shot RAW instead of jpeg, but in all honesty I didn't think I had any keepers from the day..wasn't expecting good results. Gotta get into the habit of shooting RAW+jpeg. Here is a new, wider crop and better exposed sky (v2):

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/xTiBAm7b0dsw-y4RV04d0zvJjm2CDFNGtCEzZHG95DQ?feat=embedwebsite"> P1010545-2. "488" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/115206420218300518776/January132013?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">January 13, 2013</a></td></tr></table>
     
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  4. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Patrick
    This is exactly what I had in mind! IMHO, I find the texture and the pattern on the walkway much more interesting in this shot than the upper part of the sky, and it makes a great lead up to the people way down the path...
     
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  5. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Yep, looking at the 2 options with fresh eyes after sleeping on it..I agree, the shot benefits from the tighter crop, reducing the empty skies. Being able to recover some more details and colour from it is just a bonus. And as you mentioned, it does help bring focus to the people down the path. I was going to try printing this large maybe at 16x20 (was curious how the files from the 16 megapixel sensor would hold up), maybe a wider crop for 13x19 makes more sense now...
     
  6. dtchan

    dtchan Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 24, 2010
    Nice skyline Phrenic. Can you tell me which area of Vancouver is this taken from? I would love to visit there.
     
  7. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Muttley
    Very cool photos! Love them! I also took a few photos with the sweep panorama on the Fuji X10 from the Lonsdale Quay boardwalk. Beautiful place for photos!
     
  8. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Yep, Armanius got it, Lonsdale area in North Vancouver. I grew up in North Van, but only got into photography recently..probably missed lots of opportunities there over the years.
     
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  9. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Houston
    Muttley
    Stayed at the hotel above the market and rode the sea bus into town. It was cold! Definitely a beautiful place though!