The Sagacious Journey

The Sagacious Journey

Photo Information
“Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought.“

Thucydides

Greek Historian and author 460 BC – c. 395 BC

Evening light bathing the fields flanking the Avon valley in the South Hams of Devon - whilst hail laden thunder clouds roll across the Dartmoor plateau in the distance. Loddiswell is the village in the near distance.

Pentax K-x
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens

Rotational pseudo-HDR panoramic stitch of 15 images (in portrait format)

Each frame at:

Focal length = 55mm

f/8

1/180 second

ISO-200

Matrix metering pattern & RAW format

Manual focus

Hand-held

Each pseudo-HDR frame was created by Split-RAW processing to create 3 TIFF files at -2, 0, +2ev equivalents and processed using Photomatix Pro 3.26

Panoramic rotational stitching was done using Microsoft Research Image Composite Editor (ICE).

Finishing touches for colour refinement/ curves/ high-pass sharpening, etc. was done in Adobe Photoshop 6.0

A blog post on the making of this plus some reflective thoughts, and a 'zoomed in' view of some of the detail are here
19/04/2012 - 12:36morpheus71
CategoryLandscape / Travel
Shutter Speed1/180
ApertureN/A
LensN/A
ISO200
Focal Length55mm

Gary_Baldy

Link Posted 19/04/2012 - 12:42
Cracking panorama. The clouds over Dartmoor are stupendous at the moment.
Pentax Optio 750z
Pentax K20D
Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-55mm WR
Pentax 50-200mm WR
Sigma 8-16mm
Sigma 120-400mm
Sigma 18-250mm macro
Tamrac 5375 Adventure 75 Photo Backpack
and a wish list as long as your arm!

morpheus71

Link Posted 19/04/2012 - 12:48
The hopes to make a panormaic image from this location had involved a three year journey from visualisation to actuality.

I had stopped here many times and looked, exploring the shapes and patterns of the landscape, yet til this particualar evening I never made a photograph of the scene.

I hoped for yellow rapeseed fields, light that gave modelling to the hills and interesting enough clouds to define the space above the vast undulating landscape. The open gates in the boundary hedge at either side seemed to invite ones gaze into the first valley and the higher level clouds allowed a restful drift out of the image. This was the defining moment for my idea, I walked away with a happy heart & soul and a big smile. Some things are worth waiting for in life.
https://www.philhemsley.co.uk/

morpheus71

Link Posted 19/04/2012 - 12:57
Thanks very much for your encouraging comments Gary! This was a great challenge in terms of computer processing power to complete - resulting in an 80 megapixel panorama... 5ft wide at 300dpi.... 73inches wide if I printed it at 250dpi! The biggest work i have created yet.

This one was photographed on Friday last week, I talked to a colleague of my girlfriend who was out hiking & camping on the moor that evening and she told of torrential hail, and a fine (and slightly worrying!) display of thunder and lightning.

The clouds have given wonderful drama to the moorland and south hams landscapes the last few morning and evenings indeed. Some great 'puddles' of light and dramatic cloud shadows. Hope you manage to get out with your camera and relish in the dramatic weather... loooks like it might do this a fiar bit over the next month from the forecast.

I made another photo across Yarnacombe vale this morning on the way to work in dramatic light.. another idea final realised (after considering it for a couple of years and waiting for the right moment!)
https://www.philhemsley.co.uk/

morpheus71

Link Posted 19/04/2012 - 13:16
This was created from hand-held photos (image stabilizer - on!) due to one of the legs on my grandfather's old Bilora Stabilo tripod having seized at a rather unfortunate time.. so it was a pleasant suprise that it worked out well... Microsoft Research's ICE stitching software has done a fine job at helping put it all together and its a free too
https://www.philhemsley.co.uk/
Last Edited by morpheus71 on 19/04/2012 - 13:26

abam48

Link Posted 19/04/2012 - 13:44
I agree with gary - its a great capture. well done

morpheus71

Link Posted 19/04/2012 - 13:50
Thanks very much for your encouraging comments abam48
https://www.philhemsley.co.uk/

GIULIO57

Link Posted 19/04/2012 - 16:00
Best large. Good cropping...nice green tones.
PPG

RichC

Link Posted 19/04/2012 - 16:03
perfect Panorama .. and must admit i do like Microsoft ICE done a couple of 360's myself with my old bridge camera .. a lot of work there but well worth the effort .. are you going to have it printed ?
Rich

morpheus71

Link Posted 19/04/2012 - 16:44
Thanks very much for your encouraging comments Rich Yeah I look forward to printing it out sometime soon. Can't afford to do yet as I have just spent loads on getting some mounted prints done for a gallery down in Salcombe for a forthcoming exhibition, but if/ when those sell then this will be the next image to get printed. Large format prints with laminated card backs ain't cheap but I do look forward to seeing it for real...
https://www.philhemsley.co.uk/

morpheus71

Link Posted 19/04/2012 - 17:07
Thanks Giuolio for your encouraging comments The computer made lots of un-nerving groaning noises and gave long periods of 'not responding' messages as it was processing it all ... thought the whole thing might crash permanantley... 80 mega pixel / 300mb TIFF file processing is rather a large demand it seems!

https://www.philhemsley.co.uk/

Gary_Baldy

Link Posted 19/04/2012 - 20:13
morpheus71 wrote:
Thanks very much for your encouraging comments Gary! This was a great challenge in terms of computer processing power to complete - resulting in an 80 megapixel panorama... 5ft wide at 300dpi.... 73inches wide if I printed it at 250dpi! The biggest work i have created yet.

This one was photographed on Friday last week, I talked to a colleague of my girlfriend who was out hiking & camping on the moor that evening and she told of torrential hail, and a fine (and slightly worrying!) display of thunder and lightning.

The clouds have given wonderful drama to the moorland and south hams landscapes the last few morning and evenings indeed. Some great 'puddles' of light and dramatic cloud shadows. Hope you manage to get out with your camera and relish in the dramatic weather... loooks like it might do this a fiar bit over the next month from the forecast.

I made another photo across Yarnacombe vale this morning on the way to work in dramatic light.. another idea final realised (after considering it for a couple of years and waiting for the right moment!)

Aye Carumba! 80 megapixels! Well worth the effort.
Pentax Optio 750z
Pentax K20D
Pentax K-3
Pentax 18-55mm WR
Pentax 50-200mm WR
Sigma 8-16mm
Sigma 120-400mm
Sigma 18-250mm macro
Tamrac 5375 Adventure 75 Photo Backpack
and a wish list as long as your arm!

Northgrain

Link Posted 19/04/2012 - 21:52
This is the sort of image that I really wish I could see at full size in its full glory. PUG - excellent though it is - can only - hint at the detail and texture here.
Tim

Some of my vaguely better stuff

morpheus71

Link Posted 20/04/2012 - 00:18
Thanks so much for your encouraging comments Tim - you can see part of it in more in greater detail (though still smaller than the real thing!) as my current 'cover photo' on my Facebook timeline
https://www.philhemsley.co.uk/

szgabor

Link Posted 24/04/2012 - 13:58
This is a great panoramic shot. I like the composition and the nice colour tones.
Regards,
Gábor
My website
My PPG site

morpheus71

Link Posted 25/04/2012 - 09:47
Thanks very much Gabor for your thoughtful and encouraging comments
https://www.philhemsley.co.uk/

szgabor

Link Posted 27/04/2012 - 05:44
The section that was uploaded to ephotozine shows the real quality of your picture, that wasn't shown well by PU.
I think the same as Rich, you should print out this beauty.
Regards,
Gábor
My website
My PPG site

morpheus71

Link Posted 27/04/2012 - 09:25
Thanks very much for your generous and thoughtful comments Gabor ... I hoped that one of the benefits of the blog post would be that people could see it in more detail and get a sense of what it might look like better - I hope to print it out full size soon when I can afford it, excited by the prospect of seeing it in print
https://www.philhemsley.co.uk/
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