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This is another angle of the “Ecstasy” Sculpture in Hayes valley in San Francisco. As with the other two images this was made as a tone mapped HDR image, made from 72 separate images . I stood in her shadow to tame the sun and standing on pathing stones made for a lot of hard work in Photoshop afterwards, however it was well worth the effort.
Below is the original 360 degree panorama,
Even though I was particularly excited about making this image because I the pathing stones and the shadows, I actually like the first image I published on this site better as ‘Ecstasy’s” arms are very expressive, which is mostly hidden from the angle f this image.
I think having “developed” all of the PanoPlanets from the photographs I made on that trip, I’m inspired to go back maybe in the morning and find a way to get the angle from the first image with some shadows like this image.
Ecstasy is an interesting salvaged steel sculpture that is currently in Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley. Taking a walk around Hayes Valley on a sunny afternoon, I made a number of images of this park and the statue. With the sun high in the sky the only choice was to shoot in HDR. I also made sure to position my tripod so that the sun was blocked behind the building.
This image was made from 72 bracketed images forming a 24 image panorama. Below is the equi-rectangular panorama
Last spring I spent some time photographing some of the mansions up in Pacific Heights. Looking at some of the amazing mansions nestled amongst the more modest (but still amazing) houses. Combining the photography with a lunch on Fillmore meant as usual mid day sun shooting and to overcome this restriction shooting in HDR was the only option. I was drawn to this particular house not so much because of the house but mainly because of the tree and the roses in the front garden.
This image was made from 72 bracketed images resulting in 24 HDR images forming the 360 degree panorama below. I stop the aperture down to cause the sun to produce star trails
As you can see from the equirectangular image I didn’t capture the end of the tree’s shadow (at the bottom of the image) missing this resulted in a lot of time in Photoshop trying to recreate the missing shadow. This shows an extra second or two to think about composition in the field can save a lot of time in post
On a recent trip through the Sierras down to Death Valley I ended up at Badwater just after sunset. The idea was to take some star trails, but before I settled into the long task of making star trails I thought I’d make a PanoPlanet of the lowest point in North America. It was a beautiful clear night and I was the only person for miles around, the moon was almost full and walking out onto the salt flats was an eerie lonely walk, lit by the moon and starlight. The only issue I had as I walked further into the salt flats the wind was barreling through the valley making it a highly noisy photo-shoot. Not to mention stabilizing my lightweight tripod was an ordeal in itself.
Below is the 360 panorama prior to stereographic projection