For some reason I had the urge to practice the Brenizer Method Panorama. I learned about the technique from a photographer on a photo walk several years ago. I have not used it much. Every once in a while I suddenly remember the technique and feel compelled to try it again. I think I have made a handle of images so far, all with varying degrees of success.

I convinced my wife to be my model so I could practice making a panorama in the style of Brenizer. She agreed that if I went with her to pick up our farm share from the Honey Brook Organic CSA, she would model for me. I didn't need her to dress up. I just need a willing human subject and a suitable background. We got to the CSA just a few minutes before closing. It was the last day of the CSA for this growing season, and Bhavna was allowed to pick as many herbs as she could.

Although I have created a few Brenizer type panoramas, I read a few articles to refresh my knowledge of the technique. Many of the posts were excellent, but I like the simplicity of the approach by lightroom zen. I used the longest lens I own, an AF-S Nikkor 85mmG f/1.8.

My D5100 has only a few focus points. I found it challenging to find the 13 point in each photo. Instead of nine images as recommend in the lightroom zen post, I had twelve. But I don't think that matters as much as ensuring I had full coverage of the subject.

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After merging these images in Photoshop and some cropping, the final image is the featured image for this post.

Photographer, Brett Maxwell, has created a calculator that computes the effective focal length and aperture when stitching multiple photos together. My final image was 5729 by 8440 pixel, which is about 46MP. My Nikon D5100 is 16MP. Using Brett's calculator, the effective focal length is 49mm, and the effective aperture is 1.04.

So does that mean that I can claim I have 49mm f/1.04 lens? By using the Breziner method I have waved a magic wand and created a new lens from the old. Without buying any new equipment I was able to transmogrify my lens.

The next morning, after I showed her the final image, my wonderfully supportive wife asked, "Would that be even better if we had a more colourful background?". Practice makes perfect, right? So ... sometime soon we'll take a road trip somewhere.

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A shot from the observation deck of the Bodie Island Lighthouse taken on the last day of a family vacation to the Outerbanks, NC. The weather was mostly overcast the whole week, and I had capture very of the shots I had planned for the week.

I didn't have a chance to visit the Bodie Island Lighthouse during our vacation to the Outerbanks. The kids didn't think it was interesting and Bhavana didn't think her knees could handle the strain.

To be fair, the lighthouse is about a 30-minute drive from our vacation house. It was a big ask to ask them to endure a one-hour round car ride so that I could spend 30 minutes capturing some images. But on the drive out from town, I convinced them to stop and climb with me.

Of course, the weather was near perfect on the last day of the vacation. My wife was feeling sorry for me, so she didn’t complain when I asked to stop and see the lighthouse.

We arrived just in time. The wind had picked up and was so gusty that the observation deck was closing. We were the last visitors allowed up top.

I wasn't authorised to take my tripod up to the observation deck, but I captured a few images handheld with the Nikon and one with my iPhone. I shot this handheld in what felt like 15 mph winds and just after shooting, the lighthouse supervisor told me he was closing the observation deck. I was the last one allowed up that afternoon. The observation deck was closed.

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This Nikon image has had the Fuji Velvia preset applied. I then enabled lens profile correction and set highlights to -27, exposure to -0.33, levelled the horizon and cropped some of the top and the right side.

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Here's the iPhone version.

iPhone Panorama of OBX from The Bodie Island Lighthouse
iPhone Panorama of OBX from The Bodie Island Lighthouse
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