Benjamin Fenson at Booderee National Park
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From Benjamin about this image:
3Hrs shooting, 14 days 60-70hrs of post, a month of planning
106 images, at 50mm
4 x 2.1m
f/3.5 10sec ISO 3200
Foreground and Lighthouse ruins illuminated using Low Level Lighting.
It was spooky when i found this spot, something about the ruins normally Im ok at night but this place made me jumpy
I returned for the shoot with my partner to keep me company ☺
We read the signs about the place when we left and found that there had been many deaths here, the one that stood out was the lighthouse keeper being eaten alive by a shark in front of his son
I started off trying to stitch it in PS but it was useless so I tried HUGIN and at first was pretty lost but after some online tuts I gave it a go and found it pretty easy to use and it did a good job. It took about 3hrs.
So I started editing the image only to find that HUGIN used images with the stars out of focus closest to the horizon. No good
So i started experimenting
Started off by cropping the out of focus stars from the horizon images, nope didn’t like that i had a white band where the cropping had occurred
Next I tried colouring the cropped areas different colours. nope, definitely not the way to go. Now I had a rainbow
Finally I find that I can turn certain images on and off in the preview in HUGIN after aligning them. Now I can see what images line up where. AWESOME!
I delete the photos that I don’t want and after a couple more attempts I have a stitched pano with the all the stars in focus. WOOHOO!
So in the end I did three edits of the final image and the last I did is the one I am most happy with.
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