Sunsets and sunrises don’t get much respect in the serious photography community, but they sure are popular with everyone else. Maybe I’m not serious enough (note to self, remove previous post about Darth Vader), but I took a sunrise picture a few days ago and I’m quite proud of it. I was on my way to work and had my new Pentax K-7 and 35mm Macro Limited. Oops, wrong focal length. I attempted a panorama handheld and got what I think is a fantastic result. Armchair photo critics may tell me that I shouldn’t have included the powerlines on the left side of the picture, but I needed that tree and the powerlines to balance out Mount Rainier and the trees on the right. As tempting as it was, I didn’t touch the saturation or vibrance sliders. This is exactly what I saw in real life.
I used the free photo-stitching software that Microsoft provides with their Live Photo Essentials. For those interested, my workflow went like this:
- Import raw DNG files into Lightroom
- Export 16-bit tiffs with no corrections
- Import tiffs into Photostitch and create panorama
- Export panorama at 100% size (~50 megapixels) as a tiff
- Import resulting tiff into Lightroom and look for stitching blemishes
- Adjust contrast, sharpening and noise reduction
- Export as a JPEG
Bored yet? Be sure to click on the picture for a bigger version. Don’t worry, it’s not the gigantic 50 megapixel version. What do you think, are sunrises and sunsets acceptable subjects for serious photographers?