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Link to the 1 gigapixel panoramic image: http://www.hdpano.no/gpweb/gigapixel_h_48/ZOpen_48.html
After you click on the link, click on the picture to move as far as you want to into it. Wait a few seconds while it loads. Then use arrows to navigate.
What is a 1 Gigapixel Image see Wiki
In Norway we have a Photographer I just call "The King of Furniture Photography". His name is Karl Otto Kristiansen and he shoots for many furniture companies. He is so well rounded and good at many other kinds of photography both over and under the water. Check out his web page.
Over the years he has spent thousands of hours photographing and working on files and slides from this view of the beautiful city of Ålesund, Norway. I've had the pleasure on going with him to his favorite spot where these many exposures that makes up this 1 gigapixel image is taken. It's a lot of preparations, he will call companies to ask them to keep lights on their building the nights he shoots. He once showed me where he put out generators with tungsten lamps to light up dark buildings and on and on. I guess we can say he is pretty much obsessed with getting the "impossible" picture of his city and he has succeded. He had wonderful pictures of this motive many years ago, but have kept going to get it just better and better.
The link under the picture takes you to the 1 gigapixel image and you can click and scroll way into it, look and see if people are home, who is out walking etc. Simply amazing and thanks to Karl Otto for sharing his amazing work.
You can find many more beautiful images and panoramic pictures by going to his website http://www.foto-kristiansen.no/
Here is a link in Norwegian from a newspaper article about it: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/article352330.ece
As promised in my blog post about Studio Sitges yesterday here is a post from a shoot I did there during my workshop last month. As most of you know I'm a big fan of Elinchrom, but this day I was trying out a very CRAZY light! The Broncolor Para 220FB Reflector Umbrella as main light. This is a parabolic 7.2' umbrella with 24 braces, with a very shiny silver coating on the inside.
As I was teaching with a projector earlier in the day I kept looking at that big crazy para and thinking I would really like to try this one out, but maybe it's the wrong time to try a new modifier during a class? Well I thought now or never, so I did.
If you look in the images underneath you can see how the outside edge make a whole "sharp" circle around the room. So I am using the edge of the light to light Luba. When we measured the light it was 1 1/2 f stop brighter on the floor then on her face! I'm only using 2 lamps in this shot, no fill.
The second light is a standard reflector with a honey comb from the back corner. ( See image underneath, different model but same set up.) See how we use the flag to avoid getting spill light on my lens. Lens flare is great when you want the effect, but if not, I try to protect my glass from getting hit by light.
This overview snapped on my Lumix LX5, really shows how bright the floor in front of her is lit up.
Main shot: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III with 70-200mm f.2.8 @ 115mm and f 20. 1/100 sec. 100 ISO.
Hope you enjoyed this post, I look forward to be back at Studio Sitges in April 2011 for more workshops.
When I go on out of state/country on jobs, bringing larger light stands and a good tripod have been difficult. The great bags made by Manfrotto is just not protective and large enough. I love the Manfrotto bag for smaller set ups locally, it just don't pull it off for me and air travel.
Another thing is the abuse luggage can take with high drops etc in the airports luggage systems. So then I used a ski bag and now even better a HARD CASE golf case. The airports are always happy with ski bags and golf cases, anything else odd I'm not so sure. I was looking at my son Stevens golf case which he use for flying to golf one day, and thought....that should work perfectly!
I the golf case I can have a good camera tripod and couple of light stands and umbrellas. I can also fit my California-Sunbounce Mini & Sun Swatter . It fits well when taken a part even the rod for the swatter. Then I usually trow in some shoes that I rather have there then in my suitcase making clothes wrinkly.
PS. And YES it got wheels :-)
In the old days I had to go to the local newspaper to get the times for sunrise and sunset for the year. Then came internet and sites with that information. Today we have a fantastic tool in the application Darkness for iPhone. It's the perfect tool in planning times for shoots with clients etc. I teach all over the world and in planning outdoors demonstrations I can see exactly when the sun goes up or down that exact day++
One feature I really like is how it tell you when Noon is, it is seldom at 12pm. Last year on a workshop I did in London I remember it was at 1:27pm. I love to photograph in midday sun so I did my demo for that then, not at 12:00.
A special ‘Current Location’ city can also be used, which tracks your position using GPS, giving you sunrise, sunset and other information for exactly wherever you may be.
NEWS. We just set a time for the next Photographing People Part 1 Class here in Utah. Saturday July 31st.
I just got back from another teaching tour in Europe, and it made me realize more than ever how much I love to photograph in midday sun. Love the quality of light we can get then. I will make this a 4 part series, in part 1 I will show some examples with diffused sun + a reflector. This shot was done during a class in Norway on May 3rd. According to the iPhone app, brightest noon that day was 1:15pm. "Noon" is seldom 12pm. I wanted to do my demo when the sun was as high as possible, so these shots were done between 1:07 and 1:32, the time most photographers consider "the worst time" of day. NOT ME! Okay, let's start looking at some images:
Image #1.This image is taken at 1:32 pm with a 70-200mm@170 and f2.8. If you look at the overview underneath you will see how we have diffused the midday sun into a soft nice light with a California Sunbounce Sun-Swatter Pro . I have an assistant reflecting sun into her face with a silver reflector.
Overview for Image #1. See how far out of the my shooting area the Sun Swatter is. That is one of its most unique features, it frees you up so much more than other diffusers. (This overview is taken within a few minutes from the the shot on top, but with the same technique).
Image #2. Time 1:07:05 pm. 70-200mm@200 at f4. In this shot I have placed the model in the direct sun right out of the shade to get a cold shadowed background (higher Kelvin temperature there). I just used a small soft silver reflector to give her face a pop of highlight. We also get a bit of fill light from the sun hitting the white wall about 25 ft from her (see overview right underneath text). This direct sun approach gives more layers of light and is more dramatic than image #3 shot a few minutes later.
Overview for image #2 taken 1:07:10 pm 5 seconds after Image #2. The Sun Swatter has no effect here, just the soft nice silver reflector giving her a nice highlight and the white house wall giving some nice fill. The sun hitting her adds drama, see image #3 for the more diffused version.
Image #3. Time 1:07:54 so within seconds we shoot this variations. It's shot with a 70-200mm f2.8 at 130mm and f4. This image has less drama, more overall soft light—it's a matter of taste, both look good for midday sun, I think. What a GREAT time of day to SHOOT!!!
Overview Image #3. Time 12:07:42 pm. Notice that the Sun Swatter creates a soft, diffused light on and in front of the model.
Conclusion: I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHING IN MIDDAY SUN, watch for parts 2, 3 and 4 coming soon.