My Photo Of The Week – Melbourne City Skyline At Night
This week we have a panorama of the Melbourne city skyline at night!
Camera – Nikon D60
Lens – Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX (the kit lens)
Mode – Manual
Focal Length – 18mm
Shutter speed – 1/13th
Aperture – f/3.5
Format – RAW
Lighting – Natural
This one was shot at the top of the Langham and is actually made up of 4 separate shots of the skyline and stitched together in Photoshop. Normally when you shoot a panorama you should use a tripod, but this was a spur of the moment kind of shot, so I didn’t have one handy. I upped the ISO to 400 and the shutter speed down to 1/13th of a second. I was really surprised that the shots came out so clear at so slow a shutter, the Vibration Reduction really shows off it’s stuff in photos like this, especially because it was windy up there! I have another lens that doesn’t have VR and I can’t use a shutter speed slower than 1/50th of a second.
When you take a panorama you are combining a bunch of large files into one REALLY large file, so you can feel free to use a higher ISO because when you shrink down (unless you enjoy looking at photos that are 15,000 pixels wide) the photo it’s going to get rid of a lot of that grain.
Some things to think about, I shot this panorama in a portrait position because when you combine it with all the other photos it’s going to look REALLY wide. By shooting in a portraiture position you are capturing more of the sky and foreground, which will help your end result look not as wide. Make sure you overlap when you shoot and feel free to overlap quite a bit! The more you overlap the easier it will be to stitch together on your computer. Also, lets say you have point A and point B. Point A is where you’re going to start your photo and point B is where you want the photo to end. The more photos you take between point A and point B, the less of that “wide-angle buldge” you’re going to get in the middle. I wish I had taken more photos between point A and B in this photo because the train station is pretty warped, but it was really cold and I didn’t know if these photos were going to work anyway!
If you have any more questions feel free to ask in the comments. Also, if you have seen one of my other photos and want to know how it was done, ask in the comments!