Photo Friday – LANDSCAPE – Marc Russo
‘Photo Friday’ is a weekly photography competition that Camera House Australia runs. Every week we choose a new theme and prize, and this week the winner was Marc Russo who entered a amazing image for the theme: LANDSCAPE.
We asked Marc a few questions about his image, and this is what he had to say:
Q.What inspired this photo?
A. What inspired this photo is my love and passion for the rugged outback and not much out there says it like Kalbarri. Natures window is a fine example of unique rugged beauty. I’m so passionate about W.A and its unique icons so my mission is to show them off in the best way I can so a lot of trial and error has been done but now I feel I have mastered quite a few different techniques .
Q.What camera did you use?
A. For this panoramic photograph I used the Canon 50d, Lens is a Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS,
Q. What setting did you use?
A. Now I’m not a photographer that likes to shoot HDR but for some photographs i feel it can be done if its done right . The key is to keep it looking as realistic as possible. For this photograph i used the “AV” setting, ISO was set to 100, f7 and bracketed the images.
Believe it or not I took this photograph hand held . I turned the camera to portrait angle and took the 3 bracketed shots then overlapped by 50% then the next 3 bracketed shots and did this 13 times panning from left to right so all in all a total of 39 photographs make up this image.
Q.Did you edit this image, if so what did you do and with what program?
The next step was to go home and upload the 13 bracketed images into a HRD program called Photomatix. After putting the 3 bracketed photographs of the 3 different exposures through Photomatix, the program combines the 3 bracketed exposures into one perfect exposure. So now all 39 images if all different exposures are now 13 perfect exposures. These 13 photographs now need to be stitched together to create the panorama. The program I find the best is Autopanopro . I put the 13 photographs into this program and it will stitch the 13 photographs together.
Once completed it looks great but there was some areas on the outer that needed cropping. The only other thing i did was a little sharpen, more contrast, touch if saturation and thats it.
Q. Do you have any advice for our community photographers?
A. My advise to up and coming photographers is to never give up, photography can be so overwhelming and there will be people to critique you photographs but use that to better yourself. I am self taught and listened to all advise i was given even if it was hard to swallow.
Have a plan in your mind of what you want to achieve in your photograph, wait for the correct conditions and achieve it. If not then keep trying till you get it because you will if you keep at it.