Simple Clicks – A Cold Morning Panorama

Panorama of sunrise at Bullhead Bay, Lackawanna State Park, on the morning of 22 January

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This was my first goal on reaching the lake Sunday morning – shooting a panorama. I’ve shot several at this same location; it’s a very photogenic spot and it’s physical layout lends itself well to panoramas. Especially so at this time of year, when the sun rises almost directly behind the center of the hill.

The image above covers a full 180* view, comprising 26 photos shot vertically and stitched together in Photoshop. In retrospect, I wish I’d lowered the tripod closer to the snow and shot from a lower perspective. But even so, I’m happy with this one – it’s the shot(s) that made shivering in the cold worth while.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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  1. Sure hope you write up how you shoot Pano’s soon. I tinkered around with it the other day and my horizontal shots were so-so, and my vertical shorts were terrible. I was shooting from a tripod. Do you use an L bracket on your camera? If not I really want to know your secret for vertical shots.

    • Brent Pennington

      See yesterday’s post 🙂 It’s all about how I shoot them, although I hope it doesn’t disappoint – there’s very little science to my method.

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