Dennach, northern Black Forest, Germany
March 18, 2006 - 16:30 & 22:00 CET
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© 2006 Erik Krause, All Rights Reserved.
EquipmentNikon D70 with Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye, Canon 550EX flash unit used independently, three "Carena" slave flashes (also known as "Knuffi"), stitched with PTGui, postprocessed in Photoshop, converted to cubic with pano2qtvr
Behind the scene : how this panorama was madeSoon after "borders" was announced to be the theme for the spring equinox event I thought about a boundary stone - best situated in a clearing between high beech trees and rests of melting snow. And I thought about a day and night panorama.
The equinox weekend I was at my fathers house in the small village Dennach. There where still lots of snow and a biting wind and I didn't find a suitable boundary stone when my father came up with the idea to have a look at the Schwabentor. It proved to be an even better choice.
The original idea of the night shooting was to have ghostly persons between the trees randomly lit by a flash. I knew I had no chance to do this with my usual technique on analog film, hence I borrowed a DSLR (from Holger Fell - panobyte).
It was a dark night but I could not use bulb mode hence I had to run around and fire the flash as often as possible during the 30 seconds I had as longest exposure. Several images where combined afterwards, giving a fairly good lighting. The flash batteries faded rapidly - I used a total of three sets.
The small and cheap slave flashes (called Knuffi in german photography news group) helped a bit, but unfortunately I didn't manage to shoot much "ghosts".
Both panoramas where stitched in one project on top of each other but separately output. The day version was a HDR one.