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I wish to further understand the mysteries in this universe through music, art, literature, scientific discovery, observations about the physical world, empathetic experiences of the emotional world, and especially through the human touch of humor and love.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Harpa by EdNorton

Harpa Concert Hall - Reykjavik, Iceland. As some of you probably know by now, I have been shooting most of my work with a specialised panoramic head (Manfrotto 303SPH) for the past 3 months. I love the control you have with it. I can now walk up to a location and pick out exactly what I want in it without any restriction. It certainly requires more work in post production with stitching but the benefits are huge! Literally, giant, bigger than the moon prints with detail that is quite unbelievable! A scene with a high dynamic range like this also requires you to shoot more than 1 exposure with each vertical row. This was taken at 40mm with 15 shots photographed: 3 rows of 5 vertical photographs (sky/mid/foreground).. or at least it would be but as I shot it to capture its increased dynamic range, it's 3 exposures per vertical frame. So 35 photos in total! I create a very flat hdr shot with each frame using photoshop and then stitch using Autopano Giga. I then take that massive file back into photoshop for further work Using luminosity masks to give me complete control over precise tones throughout the image. You have to move quickly when you're doing this in the field as the clouds move (although they're more forgiving) and you get other ghosting complications with cars/people moving between your frames. It's definitely a challenge but then, that's the fun of it all! Instagram @ed_norton or Follow me on facebook for further updates :) http://j.mp/1q2Fiu2 via 500px http://j.mp/1CW6k1H

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