Sky on Fire

Here are a couple panoramics I took of a crazy sunset we had earlier this month. It looked like the sky was literally on fire! It didn’t last very long, so I didn’t have time to grab my tripod. I just shot a few frames in portrait orientation with program mode and exposure bracketing (5 frames). I used 4 of the exposures (-2, -1, 0, +1EV, discarding the brightest +2EV) for the sunset over the pond.  The sky on fire panoramic is actually not an HDR; I only used the darkest -2EV frames since I liked the shot better with the trees as a silhouette.  I stitched them with my usual favorite programs, PTAssembler and TuFuse. It stitched very well for a handheld shot without a tripod since the subjects were quite far away with no foreground objects (no parallax errors).

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Here is the shooting data for each image for the curious:

Sunset over Pond
2010-07-10-12342-12385
Images: 36
Exposures: 4
Bracketing: -2, -1, 0, +1
Rows: 1
Columns: 9
Size: 32.73 megapixels, 8164 x 4009, 27.21″ x 13.36″ @ 300dpi
Field of View: 122.6 degrees, 9.74mm effective focal length
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Lens Focal Length: 34mm
ISO: 6400
Aperture: f/8
Shutter: 1/40

Sky on Fire
2010-07-10-12387-12422
Images: 8
Exposures: 1
Bracketing: -2
Rows: 1
Columns: 8
Size: 45.28 megapixels, 12579 x 3600, 41.93″ x 12″ @ 300dpi
Field of View: 73.4 degrees, 22.91mm effective focal length
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Lens Focal Length: 62mm
ISO: 640
Aperture: f/8
Shutter: 1/60

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