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Ashley Drake Gephart
Works at Drake Intel Group
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Lives in Albuquerque, NM
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"Coit Tower #1" ,  View from Lombard Street, San Francisco
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A 25,000 pixel-wide panorama made from 30 images in the middle of the busy Lombard Street drop-off. I live to tell the tale! See the 1920x1200 pixel version!
http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/zphotos/120917-Coit1920.jpg

Details
30 portrait oriented photos, each carefully focused 
Canon 5D mark II 
Canon 400L 5.6 lens (this lens is incredibly sharp!)
8 to 20-sec. exposures @F8- F16 (depending on DOF needs)
ISO 160
No Lee neutral density soft grad filters.
No polarizer, no HDR (though HDR can come in handy here)
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head
AutoPano stitching software, plus some manual stitching

The Story

Okay, this is the classic view from the top of Lombard street that people can't resist shooting. Cable cars stop right here just so people can get out and shoot it. I've been wanting to get a really huge photo of this place so finally I picked a good clear evening with very little twinkling that causes distortions in 400mm shots.

The biggest problem is that there is a light post on the left side that gets in the way unless you set up almost in the middle of the busy street. So what I did was shoot part of this panorama in the middle of the street  to avoid the bright street light, and the rest slightly on the left side. People were really wondering what I was doing. I had to bail out many times when cars came too close. Many had questions. Like, why not use a machine to automate the pano taking process? A: It was windy and those machines wobble in the wind. I used a plastic bucket and a round piece of plywood to rotate the lens. Q: Are you doing an HDR? No, if the light is just right, you don't need it, but the good light lasts only a few minutes. Plus it would take several evenings to get all the shots I wanted if I were taking 3-5 shots of each frame. I did this all in one evening during a 10-minute period. I just barely squeezed it in. I was ready to go back the next decent night to finish it off but this works for me. In my gigapixel images, I need at least 3 evenings to do one when the light is just right.

This can be printed 15 ft. wide @200DPI. And the pixels are sharp and clean too!

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My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.gov

Resources

I wrote a 325 eBook that describes exactly how I went about learning photography starting in 2006. I did not learn the usual way. I have studied the great masters of painting and hope to find that light in the real world.

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html


For everything else, go to my website:

http://www.patricksmithphotography.com

A great weather mashup map of the world with local temperatures, weather and nice popups. See where it is hot and not! (Must wait for slow commercials first, but worth it!)
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Google Earth
http://earth.google.com/

Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.

Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)
http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')
http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml

Or Here:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.

http://www.californiacoastline.org/
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Stay safe tonight! "In 2006, one of the worst years on record, eleven people died and almost 10,000 people were treated in ERs in the US for fireworks-related injuries."
The Fourth of July is almost upon us and we all know what that means - a time for summer celebration and family fun with fireworks! But if not used responsi
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I have IE on my school computer though, and sometimes I accidently open it up and have to wait a century for it to load so I can close it down again.
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Very neat project!
A group of Haitian artists and a documentary photographer team up to transform the Rider Waite deck of Tarot cards into real life scenes, using only items found in the Haitian Ghetto.
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Brought to you by Earth Easy and Terri's Little Haven. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have electricity, and those of us who do have had instances where our power was out. At my last residence, every time it “thought” about raining, our electricity would go out. Maybe I'm exaggerating a ...
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Great tips! Using a crockpot has really made a difference.
As temperatures soar near triple digits this week in Albuquerque, it's definitely time for homeowners to utilize every resource at their disposal to keep co
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They went a tad overboard on the making stuff up. #tarot  
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Writer, WordPress & Social Media Consultant, Trainer & Speaker
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I am a writer. The business writings come easy and the fiction, not so easy. I am a wife. Karl (Kajehart) and I met on a "BBS" in 1993 and eloped to Las Vegas on April Fools' Day! I am a mother. Natasha, our homeschooled teen, is becoming active online. I am a CEO. Karl (COO) and I launched Internet-based Drake Intelligence Group to allow us to pursue our passions for technology and travel. I am a diverse woman. I like jazz, yoga, comedy movies, and old TV shows. 
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