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Seriously Shooting Fun Panoramas At Sunrise At The Seashore

  • Apr 5, 2014 · 7:00 AM
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Let's get together just after sunrise to photograph the skyline from Adler Planetarium. While you don't have to shoot panoramas, I'll be helping those that want some help doing them.

A lot of people ask why they should shoot panoramas when a wide lens can get the same shot. The answer is details and sharpness in the final print. My standard of sharpness when shooting from here used to be that the Congress Hotel sign be readable. Since I've been doing panoramas, my new standard is whether I can tell if there is a bulb burned out in that sign. Seriously.

If you're going to do photography, at least do it well enough that you'd be proud to hang a big print on your wall. (And always, always, have a lot of fun doing it.)

The details: You will need a tripod with a head that you can level and turn to do a panorama. (I've done this without a panorama head just by loosening the head on the legs.) It would be good if you had a level. The kind that snaps into the flash shoe is great, but you can make do with a cheap plastic 6" level from Home Depot. This early, there should be plenty of parking nearby. The CTA has a bus (146) that goes directly there. This will be a go unless it is pouring rain, or heaven help us enough snow to block out the city.

As usual, please don't leave comments that you might make it or can't make it because your dog might be having kittens, etc. A lot of people (as in me) sign up for emails that get sent for every comment, and I'd like to keep the comment section clear for questions or maybe even interesting comments.

I'll most likely be there for several hours, at least somewhere nearby, so if you can't make it right at 7 that is ok.

Yes, the bottom photo is a blown up section of the photo above it.

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  • Isabel C.

    Sorry I was not able to make it but have to fix camera

    April 17, 2014

  • Jeevan J.

    it was fun. ;)

    April 8, 2014

  • MIKE R.

    LEARNED A LOT!

    April 6, 2014

  • Jeevan J.

    Loved it. Had fun. Can't wait to do this again some other day- when it is not this cold.

    April 5, 2014

  • MIKE R.

    COLD, BUT GOOD!

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • Paulie ".

    Good, but cold

    April 5, 2014

  • Isabel C.

    Sorry but there is something wrong with my camera was not able to make it.

    April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    is anyone else catching the 146 down? It'd be nice to walk over together with not many people out at that hour

    1 · April 1, 2014

    • Milosh

      The 146 is a bus that goes from the far north side to within steps of the planetarium. transitchicago.com is a good source of info.

      April 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I apologize if anyone was going to ride down with me. Can't sleep and likely won't make it cause I'm a zombie

      April 5, 2014

  • Shishir R.

    :( I just realized this was changed to this week and very willing to make it. Milosh, will I be OK without a pano head, just my tripod? I don't have one? I'm anyway thinking to come down and learn from you some tips on Pano. I have loved this location and have shot some pics in the past last summer nights.

    April 4, 2014

  • Milosh

    Two notes: 1) For those of you taking the Blue Line, remember that parts near Western will be rerouted to shuttle buses so allow extra time. 2) If you have a Bank Of America credit/debit card the planetarium is free tomorrow. I might just give it a tour, believe it or not I've never been inside.

    2 · April 4, 2014

  • dejan

    milosh do you think ill be able to do decent panoramic shoot with 85mm 1.8.im expecting my wide lens soon but i wanted to take part of the saturdays early morning shooting.pls let me know.thanks

    1 · April 4, 2014

    • dejan

      So you think I should be OK?of course as long as its not windy

      April 4, 2014

    • Milosh

      Assuming you are on a crop frame camera, it can be done as long as you make sure your tripod is perfectly level. There is not a lot of room for accommodating a tilted shot. The wind problem I had was more of a function of having all that weight supported by the camera and not the lens and not having a very sturdy tripod to begin with.

      April 4, 2014

  • Isabel C.

    Looking forward to this meet up have been indoors because of this lousy winter. Also I take an art workshop on Saturdays and I happen to have this Saturday free!

    March 31, 2014

  • Milosh

    Changed the date up a week as it is supposed to be in the 30's and raining in the morning. I would have changed it to Sunday but the Shamrock Shuffle will likely tie things up around there.

    1 · March 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      if you need to change this again, would it be possible to do it earlier? I set my alarm for 5am only to find this out

      March 29, 2014

    • Milosh

      Probably not. The only thing I can do is look at the last weather forecast available, which in this case was on the 10 PM news.

      1 · March 29, 2014

  • Dawn K.

    Never have done a panoramic shot so am def in the newbie category and look forward to it.

    March 24, 2014

  • Paulie ".

    Name and brand of pano head. Am very interested in this type of photography and would like to learn more.

    March 18, 2014

    • Paulie ".

      I have more than one tripod that is adequate for this outing.

      March 18, 2014

    • Milosh

      TMI

      March 18, 2014

  • Matthew M.

    Sounds like fun, it's a shame I'm working that day. Do you worry about finding the nodal point of your lens?

    March 18, 2014

    • Milosh

      I bought a panorama head that lets me adjust for the nodal point. Easy to do. It doesn't matter much in a location such as this as everything is far away.

      1 · March 18, 2014

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