Night Scenery

Yesterday night I was witness to one of the most beautiful sceneries I’ve seen in years. There was mist passing through a village at night, and the full moon was standing above the whole scenery. I stood watching it for a few minutes, and then I decided to take a few images.

I ended up with the following photo, which is a digital stitch of 6 different images, shot with the Nikon D800E and the Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 lens.

(Nikon D800E, Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8, digital stitching with Autopano Pro)

The resulting image is 108 megapixels, which means it can be printed as large as I want to !!

Now, a few observations about last night shooting. Since I used ISO 200 in order to get a good quality image (ISO 100 was way too long in exposure time), each image required a few seconds exposure. If I had left the Long Exposure Noise Reduction setting to ON, I would have missed the whole composition, since the mist was moving. With the setting to OFF, the images I got had many white spots in different parts of the image, which needed to be fixed in post process. It took me quite some time and I really felt like editing a film image.

The next time I encounter a scenery like this, I will sure use the Gaoersi 617 panoramic camera (which I didn’t bring with me on my vacations this year, since I tried to minimize my gear). Loaded with a Provia 100 (which has excellent reciprocity characteristics for long exposures), I would have made the same shot in less time, and of course one single panoramic image is most of the times better than a stitch, there are fewer things to go wrong).

Back in the Nikon D800E, the more I use it, the more I find it to be a camera that really needs great attention to every single detail when shooting. A 36 megapixels sensor will really magnify every single mistake you make in every aspect, most of all focusing. Even the slightest diversion from perfect focus will show up in he final detail (that is of course, if you are going to print at large sizes, but isn’t this the major reason for getting a 36 megapixels camera at the first place ?)

I have found that in order to get the optimum results from the Nikon D800E, I have to shoot it exactly as I do with my medium format cameras, and the most important thing of course is to use a good, sturdy tripod. I am using the Manfrotto 055XPROB with the 410 Junior Gear Head. Although its not the lightest tripod to carry, it’s heavy enough to provide stability with heavy cameras.

That’s all for today, I will keep shooting the Nikon D800E with a combination of different lenses during the next days and of course publish the images.

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