Last Friday, I posted this photo to Facebook promising the story behind it. As I am one to keep my word, here it is.
This picture was a true challenge but I did not give up. I think we must have set up and shot it at least a half of dozen times. As I wanted to shoot it with my PhaseOne, I didn't have a lens wide enough to capture the entire scene. Therefore, I had to shoot a total of six pictures: five for the background and one for Anka. It is a stitched composite and although it sounds cool, it was a pain to work on. The main problem was the distortion due to the panorama. No matter how hard I tried to correct it in software, it just didn't look right.
I then decided to buy a panorama head with a nodal slide. For my non-technical readers out there, it is a device that allows me to turn the camera around a fixed point without distortion and stitch beautiful panoramas together (kind of).
The second challenge was managing the light and shadows to be consistent throughout the panorama and on Anka. It was a simple setup: one light above her. But that one light caused me more than a couple of headaches.
All in all, I am happy with the shot. It took time to pull it off but it was totally worth it.
I guess the lesson I have learned here is not to give up. If you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, keep trying until you get there.
This 3804 series is one of my favorite so far. It is different from the work I usually produce but it is something I had thought about for a long time and I am happy to see it come to life.
I have a couple more photos to make for this series before it is over. I will, as usual, share them with you.
Before I go, I would just like to mention I have set up, again, a newsletter. I will send it out on a more or less regular basis. It will contain, photos for sale, news and links worth clicking among other things. The sign up form is on my contact page.
Have a productive week!