Camera on the passenger seat….6:00 am. Cautiously I drove towards Genoa Bay on Maple Bay Road in the fog. This opportunity to spend time at Maple and Genoa Bay was one that I look forward to whenever my wife and I visit relatives in Duncan, B.C. . Sunrises and calm waters in the marinas make for wonderful reflections. This time there was fog. I was pumped.
Tranquility to the extreme would describe the scene. With first light from the sun penetrating the low fog, absolutely still water and the color of fall leaves on the hillside I was in awe.
I strategically placed my camera so that I could capture a set of images balanced on the centre axis of my camera. Following the process I outlined in my previous posts I captured three sets of 9 images each with a different exposure.
Selecting the set with the best exposure I stitched my images into a panorama. It turned out well but I wondered if I could make a more artistically appealing image with one shot using my 12mm to 24mm wide angle. While the stitched panorama seemed to work well I was not satisfied.
With my wide angle zoom lens I shot a number of images of the scene that seemed to capture the mood of the atmosphere around me. With a little cropping I felt I could make a very dramatic panorama.
Both images seemed sharp but I felt that the single image panorama was more pleasing in this situation. The images that composed the stitched panorama were captured with my 50mm lens. I used my 12mm to 24mm lens to capture the single shot panorama. I was really pleased with this image as it more effectively captured the mood and feeling that I experienced at the time. The lesson for me …. keep an open mind as you work with you camera. Experimentation is a very important step in the learning process.