I took this spherical panorama at sunset of the dam on the Penobscot River in Howland, Maine last Thursday. I waited half an hour for the sunburst to shine through this window, and it only lasted for twelve seconds! Iâ€™ve visited this spot several times over the past year but the light was never quite right.
I shot the whole sphere at 24mm with a 40% overlap, so it took 46 positions plus an off-axis nadir to cover all that, resulting in a 155 megapixel panorama. I also shot 9 brackets at each position spaced 1.3 EV apart for a total dynamic range of 11 stops. In total it took 414 images to make up the whole panorama, and many days of editing (Iâ€™ve been working on it since Thursday). The wind was blowing up a gale so it was impossible to keep all the branches from ghosting throughout the image since one little twig could be in as many as 36 places in different photos! I gave up trying to fill the sky in above because the clouds had moved so far and it just wouldnâ€™t blend well or look right no matter what I tried. There would normally be two more rows of photos up there with a 24mm lens. HDR tonemapping was done with Photomatix Pro and a little bit of glow added after to soften the image.