I was invited by a friend to be part of a photography group on Facebook.com a couple of weeks ago. So the first assignment I was able to take part in was themed 10 minutes from home. And I am always looking for great shots of Las Vegas so I knew of a spot that would fit the theme. So I decided to go big and take a panorama of Las Vegas, but not just any panorama. I used a super telephoto 300mm with a 2x teleconverter. Normally for a panorama most photographers would take a wide angle lens and snap a single photo. I however wanted a much more detailed image so that is why I chose the 300mm with the 2x teleconverter. I shot the scene in portrait mode and composed the scene with 14 images, I took the images into Photoshop and merged them into a single image that was nearly 30,000 pixels wide.
Here are the details:
This was taken with a Nikon D3s, Nikkor 300mm f//2.8 and a TC2.0 III. The settings were ISO 200, 6 sec at f22 in Manual Mode. This image is 14 portrait frames wide and stitched together with Photoshop. I used a Really Right Stuff PCL-1 Panorama head along with there nodal point plate. A cable release was used as well to reduce any vibrations.
Very little post production was necessary, I sharpened the image, bumped the contrast and removed the airplane trails that ran thru the sky.
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