The clear blue atmosphere of the Big Sky...........It took about 5 hours to hike (ski) up the snow packed north facing slopes of the Spanish Peaks. The wind was howling, but it had warmed up a bit. After taking many stops and photos at different elevations along the way, I finally reached a clear summit that showed a clear 180 degree view to the south.
In the forground (from left to right) is Lone Peak (Home of Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Ski areas) Fan Mountain, the Jack Creek drainage out to the Madison Valley and Ennis, the Spanish Peaks, Beehive Basin and back to the Mountain Village (Sphinx Mountain and Pioneer Mountain, home of the Yellowstone Club, can be seen in the distance to the left of Lone Peak)
Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.
Shot handheld with a Canon 30d and Tokina 12-24 DX lens with polarizing filter. Stitched with Arcsoft Panomaker 4, edited in Photoshop CS2, then final movie was produced with CubicConverter 2.2. Mac OSX 10.4, Dual 1.8Gz G5 with 8gb ram.
Behind the scene : how this panorama was made
In situations where lots of hiking is involved, I like to lighten up the load by leaving the tripods and pano-heads behind. (but only if there will be plenty of light)
Shooting 360's by hand takes a lot of practice, and a bit more post editing than normal, but its well worth leaving an extra 15 pounds behind when skiing 2000 vertical feet uphill in 10 feet of snow.....
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