Cutler Harbor & Little River - Aaron Priest Photography
Little River, Cutler, Maine

Cutler Harbor & Little River, Cutler, Maine

September 9, 2013

I took this 200-megapixel panorama of Little River in Cutler, Maine on September 9, 2013, 6:10 – 6:14 PM during “golden hour” before sunset with a manual panning head. I liked the old fishing shack and boats in the shade contrasting with the distant trees lit up by the low sun. Little River Ledge is left of center with a fishing boat beyond it, and Little River Island to the right. Little River Lighthouse is on the opposite side of the island from this angle.

Click the photo above to pan in and zoom around. Use the scroll wheel on your mouse or pinch/zoom on a trackpad or touchscreen.

Camera settings: 200mm, f/8, ISO 200, 1/100 second.

Stitching data: 11 columns x 3 rows, 60° field of view. The finished panorama is 23,550 x 8,475 @ 240dpi or 98” x 35” if printed full size.

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II, Promote Control, and Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod w/ leveling base & manual pano/gimbal head. RAW conversion in Lightroom, stitched with PTGui Pro.

1.2 Gigapixel Panorama

Cutler Harbor

This 1.2 gigapixel panorama of Cutler Harbor was taken a little earlier at 4:00 – 4:18 PM with a Panoneed robotic panning head. It is stitched from 198 photos of 33 columns x 6 rows with PTGui Pro and covers just over a 150° view of the harbor from Destiny Bay Road. Hyperfocal distance at 200mm f/13 is 345 feet away and everything from 173 feet to infinity should be sharp, but I also wanted to be able to zoom in to almost 100% in a gigapan which is more critical than most distance calculators strive for. I’m not good at guessing distances, and I didn’t have a laser rangefinder with me either, so I focused on a boat half way between the closest one and the shore and hoped for the best. I took a few quick sample photos to be sure the closest boats were still sharp enough and was pleased with the result. It was a little windy and I couldn’t use a longer shutter speed without the boats blurring from movement. I set a 35% overlap between photos to have a little more to work with for blending waves and moving clouds. 

Click the photo above to pan in and zoom around. Use the scroll wheel on your mouse or pinch/zoom on a trackpad or touchscreen.

Camera settings: 200mm, f/13, ISO 200, 1/160 second.

Stitching data: 33 columns x 6 rows. The finished panorama is 62,112 x 19,240 @ 240dpi or 21.5’ x 6.68’ if printed full size.

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II, Panoneed robotic head, Promote Control, and Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod w/ leveling base. RAW conversion in Lightroom, stitched with PTGui Pro.

We have some great night photography and panorama workshops scheduled this year in Acadia: http://galleries.aaronpriestphoto.com/Workshops



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Little River, Cutler, Maine

I took this 200-megapixel panorama of Little River in Cutler, Maine on September 9, 2013, 6:10 – 6:14 PM during “golden hour” before sunset with a manual panning head. I liked the old fishing shack and boats in the shade contrasting with the distant trees lit up by the low sun. Little River Ledge is left of center with a fishing boat beyond it, and Little River Island to the right. Little River Lighthouse is on the opposite side of the island from this angle.

Camera settings: 200mm, f/8, ISO 200, 1/100 second

Stitching data: 11 columns x 3 rows, 60° field of view. The finished panorama is 23,550 x 8,475 @ 240dpi or 98” x 35” if printed full size.

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II, Promote Control, and Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod w/ leveling base & manual pano/gimbal head. RAW conversion in Lightroom, stitched with PTGui Pro.

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