In the middle of May there was a clear stretch of weather and I went on an overnight shoot to make images in the Glacier View area. I shot this image just as the sun was hitting the Chugach Mountains just after 5 am in an area that I had not shot in before. I was just thrilled to witness this. I shot several compositions of this scene as it unfolded.
This is my most favorite composition. Being here at this time of day was just spectacular. My brain was firing on all cylinders as I calculated the proper exposures, reviewed the histograms to be sure the exposures were all spot on. This was a panoramic “Stitch” image I made from 11 separate vertical images. They were each shot with a Canon 5D Mark III with a 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 102mm f7.1 for 1/6th second at ISO 100.
When doing panoramics such as this, it’s important to use a manual exposure setting for each frame. If I don’t the exposures will be different because of the particular composition of that image which would make it very hard to stitch together and look real. In situations like this, I make sure that I overlap each image by at least 1/2 of the frame in order to make for a smooth transition from one frame to the next.