How I Got the Shot(s): Revisiting Lake Placid with New Technology

Way back in 2010 (when I was still in high school) my parents and I made a trip to Lake Placid, New York. This beautiful mountainous region of New York is rich with a plethora of gorgeous photographic opportunities. I shot a ton while we were out there. This was several years prior to my formal photographic training so many of the images were admitabley terrible, but some held up. After I started selling prints on my fine art website I decided to revisit many of my older nature, landscape, and wildlife images from years past.

Since 2010 the technology used to create panoramics have improved greatly. I had attempted to create panoramic images using Photoshop back in 2010 (shortly after I took the images) but the results weren’t that great since I was trying to manually stitch the images together. When I revisited these images in 2017 I used the newer technology available to me to easily stitch  these images together using Lightroom. The advancements in the technology made it easy for me to create these stunning panoramics from old images. One of the reasons I am able to still work on these older files and get better results with the newer technology is because I shoot in RAW. Shooting with the RAW file format gives you more flexibility when retouching your images and is a practice I highly recommend.

This panoramic consists of several images shot from our hotel balcony. Shot using a Nikon D200 with a Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-S VR Lens on a Velbon metal tripod. The stitching and further retouching was done in Lightroom and Photoshop seven years after the images were shot. ISO 100 70mm f/16 1/13 of a second shutter speed.

This still image was shot during the same sunrise as the above panoramic from the same location. Shot using a Nikon D200 with a Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-S VR Lens on a Velbon metal tripod. ISO 100 116mm f/16 1/80 of a second shutter speed.

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