Photography projects have been the key to my learning process. This geezer is not enthralled with book learning… easily distracted….short attention span. Give me a project where I can actually ‘do’ the learning and I’m happy. Supplemented with You Tubes and videos, a photography project can lead to a dramatic improvement in a photographer’s skill level.
Sports photography has been an on going project. Hockey, lacrosse, baseball and our local triathlon have provided me with ample opportunity to capture that dramatic action shot. I keep trying.
Capturing the essence of the British Columbia coast has been another project. I love coastal British Columbia. My objective is to make a series of images that capture the nature and feeling of life along the west coast.
The panorama is my default project. I don’t have to be in a rink or at a ball field. I don’t need to travel. An interesting scene is all I need.
My first panorama was taken in Cathedral Grove between Parksville and Port Alberni in British Columbia. The size of the cedars and Douglas Firs in this preservation area is absolutely awesome. I felt that a panorama was the best way to capture the majesty of these giants.
A fallen tree in the foreground and new life on the forest floor framed by several giant trunks formed the image I captured. I successfully implemented all the good advice I had received about constructing a panorama – camera on tripod mounted vertically, camera set to manual, aperture at f8 or f11 to provide an adequate depth of field, overlap images by about 30 percent. Meter once, focus once and leave the camera settings alone while taking 5 or 6 overlapping images. On this panorama I used a bit of fill flash. With my flash unit held away from the camera I used it to lighten up the foreground plants in front of the fallen cedar.
Stitching the 5 images I took of the big trees seemed straight forward. A Google search led me to a stitching program called ‘Hugin’. To the delight of this geezer, it was free!