new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

nix over troubled water

nix over troubled water
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this is a panorama created from 16 shots with my 50mm lens at f/1.4, stitched, in order to create a wide-angle image with a shallow depth of field.

in the park at kefalari in athens, greece, geotagged at flickr.

©2010 helen sotiriadis


  1. I'm intrigued. First, is this not possible traditionally because super wide lenses don't have a large enough aperture?

    Second, I can barely guess at the execution. Do you set a manual focus, then pan/tilt the camera around to form a 4 by 4 grid?

    I've always been fond with using converging lines when shooting with a super wide. It's easy on the eyes.

  2. yes -- i don't have a very wide-angle lens with an aperture of 1.4.

    this is called the brenizer method and i intend to try more. there's an explanation here:

    it really isn't that hard -- my settings are fixed according to my subject -- manual focus, speed, of course aperture at wide open, white balance -- and i take a bunch of shots. i didn't use a tripod.

    autostitch or photoshop do a great job of aligning the images.