Sunrise over Teignmouth
With a perfect weather forcast, I set out early to create the FIRST aerial photo from the mast in the UK.
Combining a stitching technique with an elevated polepics perspective, and a 5.30 sunrise proved a great photo challenge to get the Aerial aspect of my FOCUS Britain photography project underway.
To be honest, a lot of the strain is carried out by specialist software, such as the oddly named PtGui that I've used for a number of years.
So after helping it on its way, I left it to find contol points, match things up and render, while I sipped the coffee and unpacked my gear. But as is usual with photo editing, the image doesn't emerge looking as it does above.
Image Ref: 2012-05-16--23 Interim PtGui Output ©2012 StevenDraper/FOCUSBritain
It's rather more "casting like," with the final polish requiring a few more hours of delicate work. This includes a lot of detail extraction from the shadows, and in zooming in, I found a couple of areas that would need further adjustment before applying the general work flow that produces my signature look.
Q - Would it not be easier to simply use a wider angle lens?
A - Yes, and no. There are certainly times, particularly when there is a lot of movement - when I'd use the 14-24mm and accept some of the compromises it generates - but in still conditions with a cloudless sky and quiet streets the stitch enables a bigger overall file for a larger wide print with less edge distortions.
My second shot from the day is a conventional single image cropped to my prefered 645 ratio. It would also crop wide for tasks like Facebook Page Pictures, or for HD Widescreen Video - but I enjoy big empty skies in my work, and so do editors as the space is great for placing headlines, text or even other pictures.
Finally, here's a short video showing some cool GoPro video footage taken from the mast during tests a few days earlier.
Similar FOCUS Britain Photo Adventures and Related Image Gallery Links:
- The Seaside --- All the FOCUS Britain photo adventures relating to The Seaside
- The Seaside --- All the Photos from this and other Seaside photo adventure
- Teignmouth --- All the Photos from this and other Teignmouth photo adventure
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