3 story staircase - Panama City Beach Florida

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    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.

    Alex-Villanueva, and 25 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Michael Eb Flanagan 52 months ago | reply

      This is actually pretty sweet.

    2. Rob Lowell 52 months ago | reply

      Nicely executed! Would like to know your tripod rig. Seems like risky business.

    3. Michael James - Digital Coast Image 52 months ago | reply

      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.

    4. _JohnMuir 52 months ago | reply

      This is really a killer composition.
      Good for you!

    5. Michael Yearout 52 months ago | reply

      Whew. Glad you made it (and your camera/lens as well) through this shot.

    6. Michael Eb Flanagan 52 months ago | reply

      Whew, that was a close one! I almost lost my fanny pack!

    7. jenerik images 52 months ago | reply

      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.

    8. jon54 52 months ago | reply

      Stare into the vortex and repeat after me, "Buy this house" ;-)

    9. Michael James - Digital Coast Image 52 months ago | reply

      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 :)

    10. A Hurst 51 months ago | reply

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

    11. Michael James - Digital Coast Image 51 months ago | reply

      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.

    12. A Hurst 51 months ago | reply

      A great capture, worth the effort and measured risk...

    13. Cornbread, beans, & coffee 51 months ago | reply

      Good geometry, color, and lighting. Thanks!

    14. Birthine 45 months ago | reply

      What a very good picture, beautiful!!

    15. Karlen. 41 months ago | reply

      crazy spin.

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