Atlanta Midtown Panoramic Sunset


John Clayton

John Clayton

Atlanta Midtown Panoramic Sunset

This evening a rain storm (with lighting strikes) was gathering over Buckhead, and it was a hazy evening. It was not ideal weather night for shooting a panoramic photo of Midtown. My son-in-law, John Clayton, was interested in seeing the process so we headed to a new building to which I had graciously been given access. We headed to the eight story roof, and I chose the NW corner, hoping to get an interesting sky as the sun set.

Tomorrow morning is supposed to be clear, and I will be shooting east and south from this same building.

Atlanta Midtown Panorama at Sunset Looking North on I-85/75

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Atlanta Midtown Panorama looking north just east of I-87/75. Atlantic Station is west of the interstate. One Atlantic Center is the tallest building.

Technical:

  1. A previous shot from The Atlantic in Atlantic Station showed me that the color temperature of the lights along the interstate was nasty and would be an issue. I also knew (from a sight survey of the building) that, though the interstate was freshly repaved and quite black (which would allow car tail lights to show well), the parallel access roads were very light concrete. The contrast would be stark, and I decided to deal with it in post-production.
  2. I could have covered One Atlantic Center with 2 passes, but I chose to shoot at a focal length of 48mm on my 24-70 in order to keep the buildings in Atlantic Station from becoming too small. Unfortunately, this meant I had to make 3 passes (-15 degrees, 0 degrees, and +15 degrees). With rapidly changing light conditions (like at sunset) it forces me to move pretty quickly in order to maintain exposures that match closely enough for all 39 images.
  3. The images were edited in Lightroom 3.4.1 and stitched together in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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