RedRocksPano_Levi_Sim

Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @28mm, f.16, 1.3sec, ISO 100, 6 frame panorama stitched in Photoshop CC.

I was fortunate enough to spend two days shooting at Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas recently. Unlike most days in Las Vegas, we had storms and rain, and it was spectacular. The clouds were whipping through the cliffs like frothy waves. I found myself shooting and shooting and it seemed everything was an interesting picture, and my lens just couldn’t capture it all at once…and that reminded me to shoot a panorama. I leveled my tripod head, turned the camera vertical, pre-focussed, used manual exposure mode, and shot six frames across the escarpment. In the hotel, I stitched it together using Photoshop CC, and then added finishing touches in Lightroom. Having that software makes it so simple to create panoramas that it’s now on my mind at every location.

The clouds continued to swirl and twist and climb and it was fascinating to watch. Which reminded me that I could make a time-lapse sequence and share the majesty with others. I love my Nikon D800 because it has a built in intervalometer, which made a picture once every three seconds for about 12 minutes. Several other pro level Nikons do this, too, and you can buy an inexpensive intervalometer to add to your camera, or if you’re a Canon shooter you may consider the Magic Lantern firmware that usually includes such tools. I finished one image in Lightroom, then applied those settings to all the others and stitched them into a video in Photoshop CC.

It’s so great to have tools that allow me to share a vision with you. In fact, having the tools often inspires me to create more and different visions I wouldn’t otherwise consider. What tools do you have in your bag that you haven’t used in while? Dust them off, get inspired, and go shoot!

Can’t see the video? Click here.

Oh, and cut me some slack on the horizon; the camera is level, but I’m standing on a huge alluvial fan which slopes away to the left in the images. I tried using the slope as level, but it just looks like the cliffs are falling over.

Special thanks to Tesla Motors of Las Vegas for taking a drive with me and making some fun images, as well as to SongFreedom.com for providing stellar music options.

Join Levi on Twitter and help him back into Google Plus.

______

This Post Sponsored by:

LensRentals.com Be a kid in a camera store. Rent lenses, cameras, lighting and more from the original and best online photographic and video equipment rental company.  Use PHOTOFOCUS15 in the checkout special instructions to receive 15% off any April rental.

Mosaic A complete solution for photographers using Lightroom who want to manage and share their photos. You can easily view images with their iOS app or web service. Plus your photos are backed up to the cloud with several plans to match your needs. Be sure to also check out the Lightroom Learning Center to learn new ways to work in Lightroom.

Photoshop World, the ultimate Photoshop, Photography & Lighting Conference. Atlanta GA, April 8-10.  Use the promo code PSWFOCUS414 to discount $50 OFF a full conference pass. Learn more in three days than you have in three years! 

ViewBug  Stick With ViewBug & Photofocus throughout 2014 – because we’re announcing the biggest contest in Photofocus history — coming soon!

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/ Photofocus.

The Topaz Labs Image Enhancement bundle. Open up a world of creative possibilities with a seamless, integrated workflow. You don’t need to be a Photoshop wizard to look like one. Click here and use the code photofocus to get a 15% discount.

 

Join the conversation! 1 Comment

  1. Straight shooting footage!

    Reply

Let us know your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

About Levi Sim

Photography is my life, and I'd like my photography to be part of your life, too. Whether I make pictures with you or help you learn to make your vision pop out of the camera, I'm happy to help.

Category

Adobe, Gear, Landscape, Panoramic, Photography, Shooting, Software, Timelapse

Tags

, , ,