Forgotten by 2012 — Forward to the Past
Seagrove Beach, Florida, USA
2010 June 20 sunset about 19:40 CDT and June 23 sunrise about 5:50 CDT
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EquipmentCanon 300D (Digital Rebel) digital SLR camera, EF-S 10-22mm lens, ISO 100. Nodal Ninja pano head. Stitched two separate panos as 28mm lens in QuicktTime Virtual Reality Authoring Studio. Composited two panoramas in Adobe Photoshop CS4. Sunrise: 19mm focal length, 1/60 second, f/10. Sunset, 21mm focal length, 1/80 second, f/9.
Behind the scene : catching the sun for this panoramaMy goal was to photograph the sunrise and sunset on the day of the northern solstice, June 21 at 11:28 UT, which was 6:28 CDT. Actually, I did the sunset on June 20 and the sunrise on June 23. Several factors influenced those choices.
I needed relatively cloudless skies to see the locations of the sun. The weather forecast for the solstice was bad. The word solstice comes from roots meaning sun standing still. That describes how little the sun rise and set times and location change in the days before and after the solstice. The morning of June 20 looked good until I reached the beach and saw fantastic lightning storms all across the Gulf of Mexico in the south. I backed out. The evening was perfect. As I walked up the beach, I took video of the first tarballs to reach this shore and darkened bird with my little Pentax. See it in the links section. Five people were on the beach but left at sunset as I was turning the camera round and round. It was hot and yellow flies started biting. The large cloud to the north loomed orange overhead with lightning in the distance. I left just in time. Drops were falling when I reached my car.
Opening the photos in Camera Raw, I changed the white balance to "shade" and the exposure to .55. I forgot to do this for the following sunrise set. The photos were not very sharp. Not sure if the lens needed cleaning or my attempt to set a manual focus failed.
The next good day was June 23. I woke at 4 and wrapped in clothes against the flies. Started walking up the beach at 4:35 and was on the ramp at 5:15. It took awhile to position the tripod according to the marks I had left at the sunset shooting. It was peaceful being up with the birds. No flies.