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From RAW to Final: Lighthouse near Halifax!

Hello everyone,

so here's another 'From RAW to Final' image.

Today, I want to share an image I took near Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada). I took this during a workshop I taught there in June of this year. It was a beautiful calm day, and I was out until after sunset, being amazed at the colors and peace and quiet that I found at this location.

The lighthouse structure itself is much less 'impressive' compared to the nearby "Peggy's Cove" Lighthouse, which is the most photographed Lighthouse in all of Canada. But being there at sunset let me capture this scene in beautiful light and color.

My 'real' camera, a Phase One, was in the shop getting fixed so I took advantage of the opportunity and travelled much lighter on this trip.

This image was captured using a Canon 5D Mark III with a Nikon 24mm Tilt Shift lens (using an adapter).

Exposure time was 1235 seconds (just over 20 minutes).

It's rare that my exposure time is this long, but the light was fading fast at this point so I decided to double the exposure I initially metered for. The resulting image is still underexposed (by over 1 stop) and it speaks for the quality of the camera that noise levels were still relatively minimal.

Above you can see the 'setup' shot with my iphone. I spent more than 4 hours at this location, searching for the best 'viewpoint' and camera position. Weather conditions were great, with full clouds that I knew would make for interesting skies during long exposures.

I kept this image fairly dark throughout my post processing. I like the dramatic clouds and highlights near the tower. The final image is a stitch from 2 images, cropped to a 2:1 ratio panorama.

I liked the color in the sky, and used Alien Skin's Exposure 4 plugin to fine-tune it even further.

Photoshop CS6 was used to desaturate, and add selective sharpness and tonality to the rocks and lighthouse structure.

Hope you enjoyed! More tk...

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Reader Comments (1)

How do you stitch two long exposure images into a panorama without there being an obvious seam of some kind? I would expect that there would be an obvious seam in the clouds due to to the time offset of the exposures.

September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew C

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