Here the last shot of last Tuesdays Sun Set.
The last one from my Sunset series last week Tuesday :-)
Those funny light stripes are actal rain
Sigma 24 mm f1.4 ART
24 portrait shots in 2 rows
Princess Bay, Wellington South Coast
Shane Te Ruki
Full face traditional Maori tattoo (Moko)
Māori of the tribe Ngāti Unu Northern King Country North Island New Zealand
A few days ago, on the 21st of March, I decided I need to go out and take some Landscape Photos again.
When I got into the car, it started to rain, but being in Wellington, I decided to try anyway.
Arriving at one of my favorite locations, Princess Bay, about 15 Minutes later, I met mixed conditions, rather spectacular.
A mix of sun, rain, clouds...
I set up my gear, umbrella in hand, and started shooting.
The first three shots show my setup, the actual setting Sun with rain pouring out of the clouds (Panorama composed of 24 single shots in two rows), and a double Rainbow showing behind me (a bit faint, but handling two cameras and an umbrella at once doesn't allow to change lenses).
The last Photo was taken on my way back, just after the actual Sunset, in Island Bay (Panorama composed of 18 single shots in two rows).
What an incredible Light Show...
BTS video, credit to Emma Britany Princess Law, enjoy...
Panorama Photos are beautiful. Good Panoramas require a bit of work, though, if you shoot them with some decent camera.
I deliberately exclude Phone Cam Panoramas, as Phones are limited in lighting, the quality of those Panoramas is usually just good enough for social media, and there is not much one can do about "light steps", stripes, odd angles, changing reflections etc.
I am thinking to set up a workshop for Panorama shooting, and maybe another one (likely 1 o 1) for editing those shots. I will have to find some decent pricing and content for this, but if you are already interested, please feel free to email to
Ideally you will use a tripod, but for easy Panoramas even handheld shots can work.
Below you see two single shots in portrait mode:
Those two shots look like this, when stitched together, and corrected in a Photo Imaging Tool (I use Photoshop):
Here another panorama, a bit more sophisticated, stitched from 38 shots in portrait mode. To be exact, two rows of 19 shots each.
The picture below shows how it would look like if one tries to just manually stitch those shots together. You see, it looks a bit funny. Hence we use stitching programs, which adjust distortions and even (limited) light differences.
Stitching is just the first step though, you will still need to adjust horizon, waves, clouds, birds flying through the frame etc.
You see the stitched version below, including adjustments to color, contrast, horizon etc.
Such multishot Panoramas hold by far more detail compared to those shot with Phone Cameras, also the number of shots indicates the level of detail - the more shots, the higher the level.
The following picture is one of my largest Panoramas so far. It covers full 360 degrees from left to right, and about 160 degrees from top to bottom.
It is composed from 120 single Photos in portrait mode, in four rows of 30 Photos each.
I think I spent about 16 hours on correcting everything, but you could easily print it 3-4 meters high, without it getting blurry. Means, in full resolution, one can count sand-grains in rock cracks 6 meters away from my actual vantage point.
But honestly, most Photographer don't usually go that far.
The last picture is intended to show the level of detail in such a big Panorama. I used 16 of the same single shots (two rows of eight each) to stitch this version.
You will notice, this one has the sunset in the center, so the perspective is changed somewhat. This was intentional, but it's still the same photos, only stitched differently.
You see much more detail in this one, but in full resolution both images hold the same level of detail.
Hey guys, I'm sure you saw my photo of Rex already.
If you see him around, usually on Cuba Street, Wellington, close to the Army Shop, drop him a coin and give him a smile. He deserves it, he's a lovely guy :-)
(yes I donated something for this shot, even he allowed it for free)
The next load of photos from our GTC event,
Thanks again to Trentham Race Course and Models, MUAs, Designers, to make this event possible.