Belmont Bay Again

Last weekend, I photographed another sunset at Belmont. This is from the Squids Ink jetty, looking west over the bay (Lake Macquarie). Here are some of my favourites from the evening.

This is a stitched panorama, make up from 9 bracketed vertical frames (27 frames in total). I shot this using a 5D Mark II, 50mm f1.4 lens with 3 stop ND grad filter mounted, rotated on a panoramic head.

Later on as the sun went down, I managed to capture this classic shot of the jetty. I used my favourite exposure blending technique for this, the shot is a composite of two images. I used a 17-40mm f/4L on the wide end with a ND400 filter attached, exposure around 2 minutes from memory.

2 thoughts to “Belmont Bay Again”

  1. Hi Andy, I absolutely love your work and want to follow in a similar direction of photography.
    I was just wondering with your stitched panorama, is your method to first stitch together the set of 9 images? so that you just have one underexposed image, one normal exposure and one over exposed. Would you then align the 3 and blend exposures? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Thanks Remy!

    For this one, I used PTGui where you can actually “link” a set of images as one “frame”. The linked image may be a set of +2,0,-2 for example. If you have the camera on a tripod and you know that there is no shift in position in the HDR set of 3 exposures, then as far as the alignment is concerned, it will just treat the set as one frame. So in summary, I stitch all 27 at once, there is no alignment of 3 large images.


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