Banff Sunset Moon

Here is a six image panorama of the sunset and moon over the town of Banff... taken from inside my room at the Juniper Hotel.


Yes... that's right... the images for this panorama were taken through the window of my hotel room... while I was sitting on the bed! I could easily have stepped outside and shot this without the huge plate-glass window in front of the lens... but I'd never shot a pano from inside a room before... so I did it simply because I could! :)


Although the view was amazing and the light quite beautiful... the images that I captured did not do this scene any justice. As always, I'd exposed for the highlights so as not to lose any detail in the brightest parts of the sky... but by doing so I'd captured images with almost no visible detail in the trees in the foreground. The sky looked okay... but the foreground looked crap!


But of course... when you shoot in RAW... there's always loads of hidden shadow detail just waiting to be exposed! It might take a bit of coaxing to get everything to look just right... but I definitely feel that sometimes it's worth the extra effort. For me... this was one of those times.


This panorama looks much better when viewed large on black.


I've included one of the images that make up this panorama in the comments section below... this is how it looked straight out of the camera... not very inspiring... but full of promise. :)


Nikon D300, Sigma 18-200mm at 52mm, aperture of f13, with a 1/30th second exposure.


  • Pascal POGGI 4y

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  • Erlend Robaye 4y

    Great pano job again Paul.
  • Ian@NZFlickr 4y

    I imagine you saw more details in the trees with your eye than even RAW could produce.
  • Panorama Paul 4y

    Ian@NZFlickr That's very true!
  • Boby Pirovics 4y

    yes my friend, that's it... the moon in perfect position with the mountain..
  • Ray Wise 4y


    This outstanding Sunset was seen in:
  • David Frutos Egea 4y

    What a wonderful place.
    Very beautiful, Paul.
  • Tyler Porter 4y

    This is gorgeous! Definitely worth the extra processing for the foreground... I can't believe you took this through your window!!
  • Gillon McClintock 4y

    Stunning shot paul...
  • Osman S.A. 4y

    This is really nice. And that's a hotel room with quite a view.!
  • Giuseppe Parisi 4y

    I think you did a wonderful job with your exposure control. Great pano
  • ~~Anita~~ 4y

    *Sigh* - that's some view, brilliantly stitched and executed to lift the details in the foreground, and the moon looks fab too - what a view, that's some hotel, tres envious :-), can imagine being there by looking at this though, tis very lovely indeed Paul.
  • Estrela * 4y

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  • thomas390 4y

    Wow; Excellent.
  • Brian 4y

    I have wanted to take a trip up to Banff one of these days........your pictures are inspiring me to go sooner than later!
  • Peter Ribbeck 4y

    You cant beat RAW.
    wonderful pano Paul I love the colours in the sky and the subtle details in the trees
  • idashum 4y

    Loving the sunset over Banff -w hat a view from your hotel room. My view? Other hotel rooms! Haha. This is fabulous.
    Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )
  • Matt Champlin 4y

    wonderful - love that moon!
  • Eric Trotel 4y

    Excellent and beautiful work!
  • Bill 3y

    Nice. You should consider sending this to
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Taken on August 10, 2011
  • 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
  • ƒ/13.0
  • 51.9 mm
  • 1/30
  • 200
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