180° Panorama – Dev Nelson Press Box: Imploded

Morning, early, cold, cloudy, on December 15, the day we had to move out of the dorm for Christmas break, that was the day the Dev Nelson Press Box at Bill Snyder Family Stadium was taken down.  There was a crowd there as this was somewhat of a historical moment.  The view wasn’t very good from the side, where security kept us behind the line.  Only a few, privileged individuals, were allowed on the east side of the stadium to watch the implosion with an unobstructed view.  University cameras were stationed at all the best spots, capturing both stills and video, the rest of us, well… we could see through a gap on the north-east corner.  So, I didn’t get a great shot of the actual implosion, just the results, after we were allowed into the stadium.

From the highest point on the east side, I setup, inline with the 50-yard marker, I took 36 shots from left to right, 180°.  I divided it up into 9 sections, taking 3 bracketed shots per section, from -2EV to +2EV.  Merged the bracketed photos of each section in Photomatix Pro, then stitched the merged images in Photoshop to get the panorama.  I then straightened, cropped, and applied adjustments in Aperture, Photoshop, and Color Efex Pro.  After several hours, here are the results.
180 Degrees: Dev Nelson Press Box Demolition

Some details about this photo:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: DA* 16-50
ISO: 400
Focal Length: 16mm
Aperture: f/11
36 images stitched into a HDR Panorama using Photomatix Pro and Photoshop

I am planning to post somewhat of a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this.

One thought on “180° Panorama – Dev Nelson Press Box: Imploded

  1. Pingback: Tutorial: HDR-Panorama Using Photomatix and Photoshop | Ddump

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