They say that in order for your images to be seen you have to self promote. Self promote in forums and other social media sites. Why? Do people really think they can make money off of landscape photography? That makes me laugh. People in the internet just ask your photos for free and even steal it! Godless creatures, lol!
Landscape photography is just a hobby for me. I don’t need to self promote. If I’d want to make money in photography I’ll try weddings, pre-nuptials and portraits and buy all types of flashes and lenses.
In one forum, this guy went ballistic on me when I said about cropping photos. He read it “crap”. I never said crap. I said cropping a regular photo is not a good practice because you will lose pixels and you’ll make this excuse to buy a new high mega pixel camera, because you like to crop. Compose it properly, exclude eye sores in the scene. Cropping is reserved only for stitch panoramas because you have a buffer of pixels. In a bad day I get 30 Mega Pixels. How many pixels your 5DMKIII get? Right. And he went to say that stitch is no longer a high art like it was once, so what is? Cropping regular photos? And that stitch is just a program technique, and so is HDR like his photos.
And then he PM’ed me and said “btw you got good photos”. Well, thank you. I since then apologize If I offended him, so that he’ll stop emailing me.
So If you want to feel good about your photography post it on Flickr, LOL. I don’t need likes and whatnot. I blog to document my travels and give tips on the side. Most of my inquiries are coming from my website anyway, not from these forums.
People in the interwebs are funny.
A panoramic shot of Boat House Row and the Philadelphia Art Museum. Two of popular places in Philadelphia.
We drove 6 hours to be here in Annisquam, Massachusetts. We were just right there when the sun was already out. We only had a couple minutes of light when I set up my tripod and took 8 vertical shots. Man it was cold 23 F and windy. This weather never ends!
There was not much action in the waves so I decided to do long shutter. When I set my aperture at F/22 and metered I got 1.3 seconds which was not enough for my taste. I stacked a 3-stop ND filter and metered through the lens to 10 seconds. Cool!
That is what ND filters are for again, if you want more time. What is it really that you want prior to pushing that shutter?
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Is it really necessary to have a panoramic tripod head to do stitch panorama? My answer is YES if you want perfection! Your verticals and horizon are important specially in cityscapes. The pano tripod head that I have has 15 to 30 degree increment. It depends on my distance from the subject, sometimes I use 30 degrees increment. What’s important is to have 50% overlap.
Not bad from 72 to 37 Mega pixels, in fact it can be done in 108″ print.
You see here my standard crop is 6X18. I excluded all the eye sore in the lower part of the original image.
By the way, thanks to all my readers and likers. For real! I hope I can continue doing blogs.
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Me and my friend spent 3 hours in Philly last night. We arrived at Benjamin Franklin bridge before the sunset. This bridge is a good vantage point as it overlooks the city. I had no intention, as always, to shoot while the sun is still up in the horizon. The reason being is that the light is concentrated to the sun itself. But when the sun disappears from the horizon it spreads the light, colors and beautiful tones.
Stitching is like shooting film, you really can’t be sure what you will get. That is why when you compose a panoramic scene for stitching you need to pre-visualize. I do all kinds of stuff like panning my camera while looking in the view finder and or use my iPhone’s pano option to compose.
I have a plan of upgrading to a high mega pixel camera and buy a very wide angle lens and just stick to one shot one frame photos but I think that’s just wrong. I will upgrade for a reason of better dynamic range not of high mega pixels. Also, I enjoy stitching a lot. The only limitation is that I cannot do a 400-second X 10 frames stitch. That is just impossible.
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This is actually the first set of stitch photos I took when we were in New York. I wanted to include some rocks in the foreground instead of just the water.
Shot after the sun disappeared from the horizon.
Another shot from Brooklyn. This time it took 6 vertical shots worthy of 6X12 crop. I usually crop my panoramas to 6X18 but if I do that in this situation I would lose mega pixels and also other elements were not good to be in the final picture.
I shoot with long exposure in mind first. I set my shutter to 30 seconds and finally metered with the aperture which in this case F/8. The ISO is always the lowest at 100. It is that simple.
This spot has been shot many times over but it’s just a very good location where you can use these columns as your foreground. As I always say to my friend when you shoot look for a good subject and foreground. These columns are placed in a straight patterns that also serve as leading line to the skyline subject.
Hoe you enjoy it!