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Early start!

Alarm set for 4am. Off to a field overlooking Newbury (the site of the 1644 Civil War battle in fact) with the intention of getting a sunrise over the town.

Only partly successful: I forgot there is a forest of high rise cranes set up at present, and although the sky was clear as predicted, the met conditions were such that the valleys were mostly mist free. Oh well. You can't win 'em all. Instead I took a 7 shot pano - (full view)



and detail



All this with my Tamron 200 legacy once again.

I have to confess there is an audacious tweak in the pano. I wonder if it is obvious?

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Re: Early start!

Good shots. Can't see any obvious tweaks in the pano!
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Good shots. Can't see any obvious tweaks in the pano!
Sunrises splits into three phases for me. Quite a lot of time spent before sunrise getting in the right position and some test shots. Twenty five seconds as the sun appears that are absolutely magic. Then, after the sun is up the lighting declines by the minute...

So, the pre-sunrise shots were a bit muddy and unimpressive. I photographed the actual sun rising over Newbury, but the contrast between sun and valley was too much for my purposes. I took the pano immediately after sunrise about 10 degrees to the west of the sun because the countryside was more photogenic in that direction. So.... I stole the sun from the sunrise and added it to this pano by placing it on a new layer combined using "lighten" in Photoshop.

There. Honest Pete here.. At least the stolen sun is from a few moments before and taken with the same lens (vital point)

(The pano works out as 17500 pixels wide)

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Re: Early start!

Here are two more from this morning's experience..



and a wider shot



The indications are that tomorrow will be another cracking dawn (in the south..) but I don't think can face it two days running

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Re: Early start!

Last but one does it for me...
Is that the kit lens with 510?

All super shots though.. Lots of effort put into them.
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Re: Early start!

I took both cameras and my big Manfrotto tripod (which was enough to carry) The long shots are the 200mm Tamron on the E620, the wide is the 14-54 on the E510.

After 40 minutes the tripod was covered with dew and freezing cold. Brrrr.

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Re: Early start!

I am so pleased that you are showing what you can do with the E510, Pete. It shows that I don't have to rush out and squander my wife's inheritance on an upgrade.

Great shots, as usual.
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Re: Early start!

I love your first panorama and also the last one, the cloud detail and colouring is great in the last shot.
Nice early work
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I am so pleased that you are showing what you can do with the E510, Pete. It shows that I don't have to rush out and squander my wife's inheritance on an upgrade.

Great shots, as usual.
There's not much wrong with the 510, it won awards and everything... There is also not much to chose in image quality between the 510 and 620 if they are set up carefully. I shoot raw files in both and have the E620 overexpose by 1/2 a stop.

However, don't pick up a 620 if you own a 510: The 620 has a much nicer feel to it, the menus just look smarter, and then there is the tilt and twist screen...

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There's not much wrong with the 510, it won awards and everything... There is also not much to chose in image quality between the 510 and 620 if they are set up carefully. I shoot raw files in both and have the E620 overexpose by 1/2 a stop.

However, don't pick up a 620 if you own a 510: The 620 has a much nicer feel to it, the menus just look smarter, and then there is the tilt and twist screen...

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I do miss the tilt and twist screen which I had on my Samsung 5Mb V50 a lowly compact which has taken brilliant photos and is still in use by my wife.
If I do upgrade, it will be for this reason only.
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Re: Early start!

Now I have cracked the gallery size restrictions, I can post the full size pano from last week...
Note how having mist in the valleys really makes the shot (or how a lack of it takes the edge off the shot in this case...)

Promise this is the last pano for a while



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Re: Early start!

I'd prefer you to promise to post more!
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Re: Early start!

I love the atmosphere in this picture
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