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Panorama of Chilon Castle At Sunset @ Chillon, Switzerland | by Avisekh
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Panorama of Chilon Castle At Sunset @ Chillon, Switzerland

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EF 24 105MM F4 L IS

Singh Ray 3 Stop (0.9) Soft Graduated Neutral Density (GND) filter On Cokin Z Pro

 

Panorama With 5 Vertical Pictures Stitched Together

 

It was not easy taking these pictures with this type of dynamic range of light. The first few came out either with a blown out sky or with a dark water. I was in hurry as the light was going down quickly. This type of sky is not very normal in this place and I did not want to miss the opportunity. But it was not possible to take this picture without GND (or HDR). It normally takes some time to fix those and I just came running to this place after taking the sunset snap from the lake side behind the castle. It all became very easy with the GND. For the first shoot (for the castle), I have kept the darker side of the GND on the other side of the castle to keep the sky alive. The castle was having much lesser light than the sky. All the other 5 shots were taken by blocking the sky to keep the water well exposed. Later I merged those shots and decreased the color temperature to remove the dark red color of the sky. The Auto Color Temperature of 5D is not very promising with its Digic II processor. But with RAW image, you can always manage to deal with it in PP. I have also increased the light little bit to stabilize the sky and did some basic noise reduction to bring more smoother and silky effect in the water.

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Taken on October 4, 2009