The photo above was from this last Friday night. It took over two hours to capture all the photos used in this Long Exposure Panoramic HDR. The exposure times I used for the still images where 1 second, 30 seconds, 1 minute, and 3 minutes. Processing time after the shutter closed was equal to the exposure time. Resulting in a total time of nine minutes per HDR image.
This experiment was designed to see if I could create a Long Exposure Panoramic HDR with no abnormalities in the photo. From the photo above you can see that I was successful in eliminating almost all abnormalities in the photo. The only issue I had during this shoot would be the cloud cover.
As you can see the clouds had a dramatic impact on the outcome of this photo. The horizon is barely visible because of the effect of the cloud resulting from long exposure photography. This photo would look a lot different if there were no clouds that evening.
The next photo was from Saturday when I went to Windansea Beach in La Jolla during sunset. I attempted this photo because I wanted to see if I could capture an image that is not just a Long Exposure Panoramic HDR but also showed the passing of time. Additionally, I used the same exposure times for each HDR image that makes up this photo. The exposure times were 1 second, 5 seconds, 13 seconds, and 30 seconds. The photo you see above is the final outcome of that experiment.
As you can see, there are two different images in this photo. I did not...let me repeat myself...I did not photoshop this image. The effect you see is the direct result of the panoramic merging process.
This unexpected effect was not my intention but it is interesting. That is why I posted it and not trash it immediately. I hope you like these photos. I will be going back out this weekend to experiment some more.
You can see the larger images by clicking on any of the photos in this blog.