3 story staircase - Panama City Beach Florida

I had to rig up the tripod and hang it over the stairs, but below the light fixture to get this angle. It was actually pitch black once you got 2/3rds the way down because there are no windows or good lights on the 1st floor so it took a deep autobracket and HDR/tonemapping to reveal the 1st floor.

  • Alejandro Villanueva 5y

    stunning!
  • Michael Eb 5y

    This is actually pretty sweet.
  • Robert Lowell 5y

    Nicely executed! Would like to know your tripod rig. Seems like risky business.
  • Michael James 5y

    Rob Lowell, very risky!!!!!! I didn't have a rig per se. Railing + bar stool + Tripod + cable release and me sweating as my D3 + 14-24mm f/2.8 hung out there over this setting. Horrifying, but this was a shot I took for my own portfolio and was not requested for the shoot.
  • John Muir 5y

    This is really a killer composition.
    Good for you!
  • Scott DuBose 5y

    Just wow...
  • Michael Yearout 5y

    Whew. Glad you made it (and your camera/lens as well) through this shot.
  • Michael Eb 5y

    Whew, that was a close one! I almost lost my fanny pack!
  • Interface Visual 5y

    Great shot!!
  • jenerik images 5y

    Impressive DOF throughout, and a killer composition. Where was your focal point? Curious if you used the "focus one third into the shot" rule of thumb.
  • Jon May 5y

    Stare into the vortex and repeat after me, "Buy this house" ;-)
  • Michael James 5y

    jenerik, I recall aiming at the stairs to the right of the windows or maybe it was the railing there at that point. I shot it at F11 for a tad more reach below. Normally I shoot around F8 for interiors unless it is a long and deep room, but this shot I wanted more DOF.

    Thanks for the comments folks. I'm very pleased with the results personally :)
  • Andrew Hurst 5y

    Very Nice - how many shots before the camera was in the right spot or was there enough room to crop in?
  • Michael James 5y

    This is 95% of the frame. I spent some time just extending the tripod out and taking some test shots blindly to try and figure out where the camera was going to need to be once I got it over the railing (held down on the railing & chair). Once I had a guestimage of where it needed to be I then took five sequences and ironically the best was the first bracketed series.

    It was one of those moments where I just had to take the shot, but the consequences of gear failure (or me slipping) was game over for the whole shoot and the days after. A nail biter.
  • Andrew Hurst 5y

    A great capture, worth the effort and measured risk...
  • Ken Pollard 5y

    Good geometry, color, and lighting. Thanks!
  • Birthine 5y

    What a very good picture, beautiful!!
  • Karlen. 4y

    crazy spin.
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