Skipped a Beat

Every now and then I miss a day with the blog. My intention is to post something every day, but sometimes… it just does not happen. I think I have been distracted by ‘The Voice’ – I usually do not watch very much television, I do enjoy watching some of these amazing singers, some of them are really talented and I always wanted to be able to sing. Anyway… back on track now!

Today’s iCandy – Remarkable View

If you ever head to Queenstown, New Zealand then you have to take the drive up to The Remarkables Ski Fields.  I was in a hire car and as far as I can gather I was not meant to be on unsealed roads… but I figured it was maintained well enough for the mighty Captiva to make it up! My wife Nikki really dislikes dirt roads and halfway up got me to feel her palms… they were all sweaty. Nikki is a good sport and let me drive all the way to the top!

So now is when I give you a tip… unless you’re planning on Skiing, there is no view of Queenstown from the top so save yourself the drive. When you get about half way up you will see this hairpin turn and there is a survey marker pole thingy, this is where I stopped to take this panoramic image of Queenstown. I hope to head back when there is some snow on the peaks of the mountains… it is a pretty awesome view… remarkable!

Remarkable View

The Technical Mumbo Jumbo

[tabbed tabs=”Camera|Mode|ISO|Aperture|Shutter|Lens|Filter|Other info”] [tab] I used my trusty D800 for this one [/tab] [tab] I used full Manual Mode (very important if you’re planning a Panoramic) [/tab] [tab] ISO100 – I always shoot as low as possible [/tab] [tab] f9 – It was windy and I wanted to make sure my shutter speed was quick enough [/tab] [tab] 1/250th of a second [/tab] [tab] Nikon 14-24mm lens [/tab] [tab] No filters were harmed in the making of this image [/tab] [tab] This is five images stitched together in CS6 to make the Panoramic image. I actually shot each of the frames bracketed with the intention of making a HDR pano, but decided the natural colours and light was nice so I only used the correctly exposed frames. It was mid afternoon so the light wasn’t the best, I waited for the cloud to diffuse the bright sun. I would head here for a sunset shoot when next in Queenstown [/tab] [/tabbed]

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