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      12-26-2012, 05:19 PM   #705
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Wow, whirlwind indeed. Glad you're back in any case. Heard from Reed lately? He's been AWOL as well.
Thanks... yeah, I heard from him over the holidays. He's been busy with his family, while trying to keep up with his playboy lifestyle.
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      12-27-2012, 11:45 AM   #706
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It's been ordered. I'll get it next Wednesday when I get back to the office. Looking forward to some low light work.

Nice. I actually wanna check out the camera myself.


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6-exposure panorama of the Rocky Mountains from a ridge near my home:


Morning Mt. Evans Panorama by dcstep, on Flickr

I hand held this with the 5D MkIII, the 500mm/f4 and the 1.4X TC. The flattened and compressed jpeg file is 51MB. If you click on it you can go to my Flickr site and see it in a 2048 pixel size.
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      12-27-2012, 01:11 PM   #709
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Nice detail there, Dave. Looks like a classic volcanic crater in the middle.
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Nice detail there, Dave. Looks like a classic volcanic crater in the middle.
Thanks Mark. It's so hard to properly display panos. Looking at it full-screen in the largest size possible is ok on the computer, but a five-foot print is really the best way.

These are upthrust mountains, so that's just a look of a volcano. You can actually drive to within 100-ft of that summit and walk the rest of the way. That's about an hour and twenty-minutes from my apartment.

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Thanks Mark. It's so hard to properly display panos. Looking at it full-screen in the largest size possible is ok on the computer, but a five-foot print is really the best way.

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True, the print is where these shine.

Dave you are the master of hand-held photos - I would be doing this with a tripod no questions

I've got a few panos from Iceland I never printed, but just recently bought a 39 foot roll (13" wide) for my Epson R1900C printer which can do 13"x19"s or 13" by as long as I want from a roll... been on my to do list to put that roll to use!
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Thanks Mark. It's so hard to properly display panos. Looking at it full-screen in the largest size possible is ok on the computer, but a five-foot print is really the best way.

These are upthrust mountains, so that's just a look of a volcano. You can actually drive to within 100-ft of that summit and walk the rest of the way. That's about an hour and twenty-minutes from my apartment.

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Ah, so a cirque rather than a crater. Ever been inside it? Is is accessible from the road you mentioned?

In my senior year of undergrad work we drove up into the crater of Nevado de Toluca in Mexico. Terrifying ride up with the lunatic professor driving. The road cuts across a scree field with no guardrails and a serious drop off one side. But the inside of the crater was very cool. Like being in the world's biggest stadium.
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In my senior year of undergrad work we drove up into the crater of Nevado de Toluca in Mexico. Terrifying ride up with the lunatic professor driving. The road cuts across a scree field with no guardrails and a serious drop off one side.
Something like this? (Iceland - just a normal road over there!)


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Something like this? (Iceland - just a normal road over there!)
Exactly, only half as wide. One car at a time.
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Ah, so a cirque rather than a crater. Ever been inside it? Is is accessible from the road you mentioned?

In my senior year of undergrad work we drove up into the crater of Nevado de Toluca in Mexico. Terrifying ride up with the lunatic professor driving. The road cuts across a scree field with no guardrails and a serious drop off one side. But the inside of the crater was very cool. Like being in the world's biggest stadium.
Mark, as you'd guess, there's a lake right there at the bottom of the cirque. There's a parking lot right next to it, so, yes, I've been there. Lots of people park there and hike that ridge to the right. I drive up and around the left to the summit. I usually go right at dawn and have the road pretty much to myself and the elk, mountain goats and bighorn sheep. With an eye peeled for wildlife, it's a great M3 road.

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True, the print is where these shine.

Dave you are the master of hand-held photos - I would be doing this with a tripod no questions

I've got a few panos from Iceland I never printed, but just recently bought a 39 foot roll (13" wide) for my Epson R1900C printer which can do 13"x19"s or 13" by as long as I want from a roll... been on my to do list to put that roll to use!
One of my office walls faces that view, so I'm thinking about paying for about a five-foot print, matting and framing, which would be around half size. I think that your roll might work out nicely for the size that I'm considering.

My view is that if I can hand hold one shot, then I can hand hold six. One thing that I find extremely helpful is turning on the grid in the viewfinder. I try to find a reference for my horizon and keep the grid line consistent as I pan, usually left to right, but direction really doesn't matter. Using a 700mm setup, I don't need this much overlap, but I still overlap around 25%, which works well with wide angles and super-teles. With a wide-angle I'll sometimes take the images in the portrait mode, if there's a lot of foreground and sky interest to capture. I use PS CS4 for the Automatic Photomerge. Raw, to tiff, to merged and flattened tiff, then finally to a jpeg.

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O One thing that I find extremely helpful is turning on the grid in the viewfinder.
Mine stays on all the time. I love the grid for lining up horizons or adjusting for a Rule of Thirds composition. With the UWA lenses, the verticals on the grid help you spot distorted verticals in your image.
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chewy welcome back.. i dont know what you have been doing but your photos look better (not that they were bad, they just look different)
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Thanks... yeah, I heard from him over the holidays. He's been busy with his family, while trying to keep up with his playboy lifestyle.
lol, playboy....

I didn't realize you got married! Congrats!

Hi everyone, yes I am alive, I've been working on simplifying my life so that I can make more positive changes in the future. I no longer am a BMW owner. I'll miss the little bugger. Sold it about 3 weeks ago and picked up a 2012 SRT-8 Jeep and sold my old beater Jeep as well. Now I just have to sell a boat, and I'll be ready to pick up and go wherever I feel
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I didn't realize you got married! Congrats!

Hi everyone, yes I am alive, I've been working on simplifying my life so that I can make more positive changes in the future. I no longer am a BMW owner. I'll miss the little bugger. Sold it about 3 weeks ago and picked up a 2012 SRT-8 Jeep and sold my old beater Jeep as well. Now I just have to sell a boat, and I'll be ready to pick up and go wherever I feel
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Love the Clock Tower, but you needed to combine a short exposure with your long exposure to get the clock just right, with multi-exposure HDR.
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chewy welcome back.. i dont know what you have been doing but your photos look better (not that they were bad, they just look different)
Thanks man. They were all 7 shot HDR (+/- 3 stop). That's why they look different.

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Thanks Reed! I kinda kept it on the DL. I hope you'll still be frequenting these forums often, despite owning a Jeep.
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