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.