I passed this frozen flagpole while driving home from church the other night and thought the scene had a very surreal feeling to it so I had to go back and take some pictures. I”m still not used to seeing the Texas streets frozen over in ice for days at a time! I have been experimenting with a photo-stitching technique based on the Brenizer Method and other ideas, and thought I’d try it out in a night setting with longer exposures. I did have some difficulty getting the exposures just right with such a stark contrast in the light post and blasted on the flagpole without losing the sky and other shadow detail, but it ended up not being too bad. I don’t think this shot necessarily showcases the technique particularly well, but it was still a fun exercise to partake in for practice!
For the shot, I used my Canon 50mm 1.8 lens, tripod and remote for capturing the longer exposure. I start by focusing in on my subject via live view and taking the focus shot, then slowly panning around the image slowly being careful to overlap enough so that photoshop will have success merging the photos into one large image. For 40-100 shots I usually merge 10-20 at a time, then merge those into the final image, do some small adjustments in photoshop then finalize the editing in lightroom. Still perfecting the technique, but the good news is you can practice it pretty much anywhere and with any setting so shouldn’t be long until I feel comfortable using it in almost any situation!