We were in Lesotho over the Christmas holidays. Everyone who hears that says "but why Lesotho?" and now you know. The sunset surprised us one evening after a storm. It was my one year old son who alerted me to it. So having noted the time and position I set up in preparation the next day. So luckily this is what sunsets look like in that area often enough for me to set up in anticipation.
I shot the scene as a sweeping panorama consisting of 9 shots to cover the width of the scene. I also shot this in two rows of exposures, one favouring the sky and one for the foreground. So the panorama is a grid of 9 exposures wide by 2 high. Liking a challenge I shot this as three exposure bracketed shots to edit as an HDR. So when I got home I had 54 shots to combine into a Panorama.
And the results were… disappointing. To fit the panorama on your screen means you have to view at such a zoomed out level that the image is just not immersive. I played with it a lot trying to “save” it but I was just unhappy. In a flash of inspiration I only used two images stitched making a vertical composition. It is now only a stripe of the entire image but it views much better. The image is more immersive and makes you want to see past the boarders with far more curiosity and longing.
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