The photos for each panorama were taken by a DJI Mini 2 drone shooting in raw (DNG) format. ISO was fixed at 100 and the aperture for each photo was 2.8. Shutter speeds varied from 1/2000 to 1/3200 S. The photos were then post-processed in Luminar 4.
I’m partial to the monochromatic version myself. What about you?
I’ve been following drone technology closely since consumer-grade drones hit the market, but I waited for the sweet spot of good camera quality and relatively low price.
When I saw that the DJI Mini 2 was below $700 (CAD) and that it could shoot Raw and HDR I took the plunge, and I’m so glad I did. I really feel this will transform how I shoot many of my photos.
Here’s an example photo, shot just off Hwy 6 in Wellington county, Ontario. It’s a crop of a 7-photo panorama, cleaned up a little in Lightroom, and then further processed in Aurora HDR to give it some punch.
I always have the annual Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day marked in my calendar, but sadly often miss it due to extenuating circumstances.
But not this year…
I started my journey in Port Robinson where I saw this abandoned bridge. I had the camera, a Nikon D750, mounted on a monopod which helped stabilize the 1.5 second exposure. I submitted this image to the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day exhibit, even though I took some others that I also liked.
Moving to a path in the woods next to the bridge, I then took this abstract image of some small trees and bushes. It didn’t start out to be abstract, but a gust of wind hit me just as I was taking the 2 second exposure which resulted in the motion blur. Normally I would have deleted the image but in this case it worked!
Next I set out along some back roads looking for suitable scenes. This one suited me fine:
As well as this one:
Overall, I think it was a successful day. In past years I’ve gone out and maybe only had one photo I was willing to share. It’s a very hit-and-miss process because you really don’t know how they will look until you get back to your computer to look at them enlarged.
In my case though, the process is much easier than many other photographers because I’m using a digital camera with a pinhole adapter. Many other photographers use homemade cameras with film that of course makes the process much more complicated.
Here is the pinhole adapter that I used. As you can see, the adapter replaces the lens so the pictures are taken without a lens!
If you’d like to see other photos that were submitted by Canadian photographers, visit here.
This photo of this man smoking was taken in Barcelona, Spain, in July, 2008. Shot using a Nikon D200 with a Nikon 18-200 mm lens (1/60 @ f7.1), processed using Aurora HDR (using five images spanning +/- 2 EV), and straightened in Lightroom.
This photo of this railroad bridge was taken in Sackville, NB in August, 2011. Shot using a Nikon D7000 with a Nikon 18-200 mm lens (1/125 @ f4.5) and processed using Aurora HDR (using a single RAW image) and Luminar 4.