Brisbane Hazy Sunset

Hazy afternoon led to poor clarity at sunset. My suspicions that Mt Coot-tha is not a particularly good sunset position were accurate. Still, this panorama isn't too bad despite the haze.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 23rd March 2008, This photo: 10:45pm

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  • -spam- said:
    hey hey, when did you go back to a pro account David?

    Love the pano :)

    Are you coming along to the thing at manly tomorrow afternoon?

    Edit: Time to update the sets me thinks ;)
  • Father McKenzie said:
    Back in my coach days I was spun out the first time I stopped in Brisbane and the top of the big white pointy building had moved into a different position while i was in a shop. It was explained to me that was for window washing.
    I remember everytime time I knew I was close to brisbane heading north the city skyline would come into view and a building looked like Batman.
    (No I didn't do drugs while driving)

    Great Pano by the way. What program did you use?
  • David de Groot said:
    This arvo - caved in and went back to a pro account as it has advantages from a business perspective.

    I dunno if I can skip out two afternoons running - Lea might have words...

    Yep, that's Brissie - I've seen the top of the AAMI building swivel out and it is indeed for window washers - mad bastards that they are. I also know the "Batman" building you refer to - we always called it Gotham Tower. ;-)

    I'm using Hugin (with AutoPano and Enblend) for my stitching. I think this one was roughly 20 shots (two rows at 100mm).
  • Xenedis said:
    Nice, despite the haze.

    Great pano, and terrific light.
  • Shaun Johnston said:
    Great pano. Should have some stuff to complement it up shortly.
  • Warwick (wazzam) said:
    Great stitching job Dave. I like the detail despite the haze.
  • ronnietan15 said:
    great pano! where was it taken? your so high up
  • David de Groot said:
    The light wasn't bad, yeah - shame about all the haze though.

    I'm betting you will ;-)

    It's that 100mm lens - great for this sort of thing :)

    On top of Mt Coot-tha, which is where all the TV stations in Brissie are located.
  • Jon McManus said:
    Great shot, David! The stitching is quite good. I've never really had much luck with panoramas, but that was ages ago and shooting in TV with AWB. :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah, well I shoot mine with manual exposure and manual focus, and in this case adjusted the sky exposure down a bit so that my ground exposure could be up a little, improving the dynamic range of the photo, thus the two rows of 10 photos each.
  • Pet_r said:
  • -Bennie- said:
    The panorama isn't too bad at all, yes it was hazy, but hey, that's reality most of the time.

    I actually like seeing photos sometimes that are everyday (that is the haze). How often do we get a perfectly clear day? Maybe 25% of the time.

    I like this photo mate, well done! Well done on the stitching as well, nice work!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Shaun Johnston said:
    I tend to shoot my panoramas at auto focus because my aperture is so low - generally f/11 - it makes little difference unless I have something in the shot that is less than 2 or 3 metres away. I often also use auto exposure because my stitching software has some nice automated colour correction.
  • David de Groot said:

    Well it's not hazy *that* often in Brissie (You know, "Beautiful one day, Perfect the next").

    On the times I've done it with autofocus, I've ended up with something close in the frame at some point. Likewise I found autoexposure to be unreliable for large panos. But really, it comes down to finding something that works and that you're happy with. Definitely can't complain about your panos Shaun :)
  • Warwick (wazzam) said:
    (You know, "Beautiful one day, Perfect the next").
    haha - thinking back over the past couple of months NOT :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah well that's all down to definitions though isn't it ? After such a dry spell, one could argue the rain was indeed beautiful and/or perfect ;-)
  • flash of light said:
    Beautiful looking city and a nice light. The clouds ain't bad either.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Shaun Johnston said:
    Yeah I occasionally hit that problem with autofocus as well and revert to manual for the exposures that require it. Mainly I use autofocus because I'm lazy :)

    And yeah, the autoexposure for me is pretty much a result of the software I use. It occasionally helps when I am shooting a panorama around sunrise or sunset when light is changing quicky as well.
  • Roving Rob said:
    Clouds are nice... How do you find using Autostitch?
  • David de Groot said:
    I rarely use Autostitch anymore, in favour of Hugin. But Autostitch is a good program all the same.
  • Roving Rob said:
    I'm using AutoPano Pro (OSX). As you've seen, the smart blend is freaking great, especially when there are a lot of people in the scene...
  • David de Groot said:
    You're right, that is pretty awesome. Might have to give it a try at some stage now that I have a shiny OSX machine myself :)