Categories: California, National Parks, Photos, Trees
Photo: Sunlight creeps into a foggy redwood forest, Redwood National Park, Del Norte County, California
In my last post, I asked readers to help me decide which of two Redwood panorama photos were better. And the winner is, by a 2:1 margin, the second photo. Sixteen people favored the first photo, while thirty three favored the second photo. It was really fun to see the amount of people willing to share their thoughts, opinions, and preferences. Three people abstained, unable to express a preference. For myself, I (of course) like both, but if I had to pick, I’d also go with the second, simply because I feel the grounded nature of the image allows the viewer to more easily (visually) walk into the scene.
My favorite shot from that morning is the one above, along with a horizontal variation. I was helping another photographer whose passion was panoramas. He had all the right equipment. I don’t. He was super-methodical. I’m not. He’d take a long time to set up, while his girlfriend displayed great patience. However, the amount of time he was taking to set up was causing him to lose many shots because the special light which had attracted his eye had faded or changed into something not so nice.
My suggestion for him was, when you come across a great scene with nice light, but where the light is changing quickly, don’t worry about the panorama shot first. Rather, grab a shot of the overall scene in a single frame. That way, at least you’ll have something in the bag. Then, if the light is cooperating, take the time to get your panorama. In my opinion, if you’re traveling any distance, it’s better to come home with six shots that you got as a result of “just shoot the scene first”, than it is to head home with a dozen missed shots because the best light vanished while you were setting up all the equipment needed to take a perfectly executed panorama.
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