Sept. Equinox 2010 - Full Moon, Sunrise, Sunset
Deer Lake State Park, Florida, USA
September 22, 2010, sunset/moonrise 18:29, September 23, 2010, sunrise/moonset 6:38
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EquipmentCanon 300D (Digital Rebel) digital SLR, EF-S 10-22mm lens, ISO 100, 1/60 s, evening at f13, morning at f5/6. Nodal Ninja pano head. 12 photos each at 17mm focal length (stitched as 28mm lens). Composited elements of two panoramas as one in Adobe Photoshop CS4. Stitched panos in QuicktTime Virtual Reality Authoring Studio (QTVRAS). Added annotations and saved as .mov in QuickTime 7 Pro.
Behind the scene : catching sun and moon for this panoramaThis panorama is the third in a series of four capturing sunrise and sunset at the same location but at the cardinal points of the year: spring, summer, fall, and winter; that is, March equinox, June solstice, September equinox, and December solstice.
Each shooting I learn more about what I should have done. For example, in March I learned that I should mark the tripod legs and center position on the ramp, so that morning and evening panos match up. In June I learned that I should have made the marks permanent, so that June panos matched March ones. This September I found that the marks did not last three months. Also, in the morning I could not get the tripod legs to the same exact places they were in the evening.
The camera was lower, so less of the landscape is visible that the first two shootings.
I wanted to include Jupiter which was near the full moon, almost directly opposite the sun, but the haze or glare close to the horizon obscured it at sunrise and sunset.