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Glamour and Grunge

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Happy Memorial Day! I’m on the road in Washington DC today as part of my Memorial Day Weekend Wedding World Tour … three weddings and an engagement shoot. Kim and Dinesh were married on Saturday in a gorgeous wedding at Gotham Hall. It’s crazy-season time, but I’ll do my best to keep up, becauase I have so much to show!

Fun fact: We’re at 23rd Street because an off-duty MTA worker wrongly claimed we weren’t allowed to shoot at my subway stop … so we got onto the train and off at the next stop. One day MTA workers will read what the rules actually are (no lights, no tripods, no impeding traffic, otherwise photography is expressly permitted). Shooting with a wedding dress on a rainy day in NYC is a challenge because there is literally nowhere you can go that people will not try to stop you. NYC is like a video game on Hard Mode.

Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: 10-image “Brenizer method” panorama with the Nikon 105mm f/1.8 AIS (35mm equivalent focal length: 41mm f/0.67 — calculated here)


A High Line Perspective

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I’ve been wanting to do a cogent, visually oriented instruction set on the “Brenizer method” for a LONG time, and I have some exciting news on that front to share very soon. In the meantime, I’ll just say that I’m really digging the ol’ Nikon 105mm f/1.8 AIS for these.

Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: 35-image “Brenizer method” panorama with the Nikon 105mm f/1.8 AIS


Measuring out the “Brenizer Method”

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Here’s a shot I took yesterday of Bartow and Tiffany. I’ve been thinking a bit about the “Brenizer method” (or bokeh panoramas) recently, given that finally I have been working on a cogent, well-produced set of instructions (with some great help along the way). As I’ve noted before, the thing that really changes when you create a panorama is the sensor — it’s the same lens, same distance to subject, you’re just essentially making your sensor bigger. But I never thought about how simple that makes the answer to the commonly asked question — “what sort of camera is this emulating?”. Just simple measurement, compared to your original frame. Here’s a sample where one of the original frames have been inverted:

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As that’s a 36x24mm frame, the total image ends up being like it was shot with an 8×9 cm camera — either “large medium format” or small” medium format, since it’s just a little smaller than a 4×5″ frame. Of course you could run out and get an actual 4×5″ frame, and maybe even set it up and shoot it in the middle of the street, but good luck finding a 105mm f/1.8 that will fit it.

Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: 38-image “Brenizer method” panorama with the Nikon 105mm f/1.8 AIS


Their Own Radiance

Excited to finish my upcoming tilt-shift review, which will be my first review so comprehensive that I can’t fit it all into one post. But I figure I’ll let B&H, who was nice enough to lend me the 24mm and 85mm, and Adorama, from whom I have frequently rented the 45mm, enjoy some much-needed rest and contemplation for Passover first.

Lens: Four-image panorama with the 85mm f/2.8 PC-E
Camera: Nikon D3s


Against the Skyline

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Amanda and Glenn braved the cold, rocks, and the law for this one.

Sometimes I wish there were a way of displaying a photo on the Web about five feet across. It helps that the original is more than 100 megapixels. Y’all need bigger screens.

Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: 23-image “Brenizer method” pano with the Sigma 85mm f/1.4