In Focus: Shot of the Month-Sky Walking the Bridge to Heaven
This month's highlight shot comes from the top of the Bridge to Heaven trail high above Ouray. This iconic hike lends to vistas not replicated in the San Juan Mountains and the trail is not for the feint of heart.
I've hiked this trail several times, always grappling with the best way to share (with my camera of course!) this grandeur of the views. Not easy to do! So, on this trip I humped my tripod, 70-200mm f2.8, and a few other tools up to 12,228 feet to make a panorama. Shot with my D810 I started snapping frames like a rapid fire machine gun and collected 22-40 megapixel images and stitched them together in Photoshop to create the image you see here.
Needless to say, I'm extremely happy with the results and grateful for the sporadic cloud cover to add depth to the image. At 2.2 gigabytes large, this will print at 17 feet wide-easily filling the largest of largest walls in any home. I've started to build my photos and will utilize this technique and others over the course of my shooting to produce large format images that can be printed for any size needs.
There are a ton of tutorials out on the Internet about shooting panoramas, and next month I'll dive deeper into the subject and explain more on how to stitch photos in multi rows.
This shot is for sale in my Prints Gallery in custom sizes only, printed on Duraplaq or Metalplaq.
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