Marek By: Marek
Brisbane at 1am



Unfortunately this image has suffered a little from JPEG compression, but I had to have a trade-off between quality and a huge file size!


I took the frames for this image while in Brisbane for a work trip in April 2010. I was going to drive to Mount Coot-Tha lookout which is a great vantage point to see the city from, but as I was driving across the Story bridge, this view greeted me and I couldn’t resist. It was 1am when I took this series and I stayed there until about 2. I only saw 2 other people and a few cars and trucks. Apart from that it was almost dead silent!


This is a blend of 15 images, then blended into 5 frames. Those 5 frames were then stitched together to create the panorama. Each frame was created by blending up to 6 images (3 RAW files from camera, then made into virtual copies in Lightroom with exposures changed by 1 stop increments to gain maximum detail) using Tufusion and then imported into Photoshop along with the darkest frame. I then used luminosity masking to extract just the brightest details from the darkest exposure.


Shot with a Canon EOS 40D using a Tamron 17-35mm lens. Manfrotto 190D/141RC Tripod and a KingPano panoramic tripod head. A cable release was used to trigger the shutter to avoid camera shake from pressing the shutter.



Aperture – F/5.6

Shutter Speed – from 1 second to 15 seconds per frame.

ISO – 500.

  • Cher 5y

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful pano:-

    Seen in Just Panos......
  • Marek 5y

    Thanks Ross & Cher! :)
  • taulant llolluni 5y

    great HDR processing awsome shot too

    check this out :
  • Marek 5y

    Thanks T'L. Some great pics in your photostream there too.
  • Artie Ng 5y

    I have never rem brisbane to look so grand marek :)
  • Laufey G. Sigurdardottir 5y

    Fantastic view!!
  • Dave Bassett 5y

    Superb image - well worth the time spent. I have tried a couple of HDR panoramas but nothing on this scale or anywhere near as good - great work.
  • Marek 5y

    Thanks Artie, Laufey_gs & Tassie303!

    Tassie - everyone has their own ways of doing things but I have found that by blending each frame for the panorama first, then stitching the frames as a final step tends to work best for me. If you give that way a go, Photoshop's stitching algorithms are pretty amazing and tend to 'smooth out' any issues in the end.
  • muhammad fairuz 5y

    very good execution !
    love the exposure !
  • Marek 5y

    Thank you mr_fairuz. This is the first image of its kind that I have tried (night time with manual luminosity blending) but I will be doing them more regularly now that I know which frames are the best ones to use...
  • razami hussin 5y

    beautiful city scape
  • Marek 5y

    Thank you sempel!
  • Mark Twain 4y

    This is high end stuff my man ! Quite a bit of work if you ask me. Do you do this for your personal satisfaction or you are actually putting these beauties to work ?
  • Marek 4y

    Thanks for your comment VVTECRACING.

    I have a Redbubble site (as can be seen in my profile info) but it's mainly a personal satisfaction thing. It'd be great to sell some prints, but I don't very actively market it, mainly as I don't have time at the moment (due to study). Once I have concluded my studies, I'll hopefully have a bit more time to dedicate to Photography again, as it's something I really enjoy!
  • ms2thdr 4y

    This is incredible, the amount of work you put into it was so worth the outcome. The detail and the tones are just fantastic and the composition too, it is inspiring. I'm sure if you marketed this image you'd have plenty of buyers.
  • Marek 4y

    Thanks for your positive comment ms2thdr!

    I may have to find some other avenues to market this image. As soon as I have more time available I'll get onto that! :)
  • c e d w i n 4y

    Sounds like a lot of work done on this. Got me confused with all the details. Nice work! Beautiful picture.
  • Marek 4y

    Thanks c e d w i n! Yeah I did put a lot of time into it, but I visualised the end result before I'd even started processing the image and with that as a goal thought it worth the effort!
  • leif_85 2y

    composition, colours, atmosphere all excellent
  • Marek 2y

    Thanks for your comments Leif. I still remember the night when I look at this image!
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