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Aug 15, 2010 16:48 |  #1

Here's a 7 shot panorama shot at 10mm. Click on the photo to view in full size.

I took a recent photo trip to Northern Arizona. One thing that's been on my list to shoot was the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River located just outside of Page, AZ.

This by far is the most unnerving photo I've ever taken. I had to crawl on my belly to the edge of the cliff that is 1000' above the river. And I HATE heights! The whole time knowing that any slip or mistake would put me or my camera over the edge! Along with the 100 degree heat and 1-1/2 mile round trip walk. Well it was worth it, enjoy!

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Aug 15, 2010 17:00 |  #2

Sweet shot man!!! Nice too see something besides flowers on here all the damn time!




  
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Aug 15, 2010 17:02 |  #3

LOL Thanks. Also for those curious I used Autopano Pro for the stitching.


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Aug 15, 2010 17:04 |  #4

Crawing on your belly to a 1000' cliff? Yes, it would give me a strange feeling, and not in the stomach! As I age, I too hate heights... Great shot, however. With a 10mm lens you had to stitch together 7 shots?


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Aug 15, 2010 17:15 |  #5

1 1/2 mile round trip walk :rolleyes:
It's a 1 1/2 mile walk around my block :)

Just teasing!

It's a great pano. 1k foot drop would make most people a little unnerved!


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Aug 15, 2010 17:19 |  #6

The 10mm captures the curve fine, but I wanted to show everything from side to side and some clouds. Figure the base of the river is almost straight down and the canyon is .9 miles wide. Here's the center image so you can see the difference.

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Aug 15, 2010 17:22 |  #7

Funny thing is I didn't know what to expect once I got to the parking lot. Tons of people for sure. The up and down hike. Then once I go to the end I realized to get a shot with the whole river I would have to find the right spot and belly crawl. Very unnerving for me, I wouldn't even crawl until there was no one around me so I didn't get jumpy or fear someone would just nudge me and off I'd go. It was so unnerving I forgot to bracket some shots, which I always do with a brighter sky like this.


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Aug 15, 2010 17:23 as a reply to  @ socalrailfan's post |  #8

I'm with you on belly crawling and hanging over the edge...had to do the same when I shot the bend with a fisheye lens (not to mention the 40 mph winds at the time).


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Aug 15, 2010 17:29 |  #9

Yeah it was windy there, but not 40mph. OK, I'm getting freaked out just talking about the edge! LOL It was well worth it in the end. Plus I'm just glad I had some clouds.


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Aug 15, 2010 18:02 |  #10

Thats hilarious! I had the same experience, except it took me an hour to gradually work my way to the edge to get the shot. A fear of heights is a terrible thing for a landscape photog.


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Aug 15, 2010 19:02 |  #11

Awesome pano! The blue in the sky really makes it brilliant


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Aug 15, 2010 19:30 |  #12

Excellent shot! Completely worth the belly crawl, in my opinion. :)


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Aug 15, 2010 20:11 |  #13

It's a great shot... but oh man... I am so sorry to hear about the belly crawl. This is a shot I'd love to get someday and I'm not at all sure I could get close enough to the edge to get it. Maybe if somebody I really trusted was on the other end of a rope tied securely around me...


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Aug 15, 2010 20:47 as a reply to  @ jgrussell's post |  #14

Beautiful shot. You've got more guts than me!


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Aug 15, 2010 21:29 |  #15

Hehe; Jason (JPThpmas27) didn't like those ledges either when we went there.
Nice picture.. I didn't think ANYTHING could stitch @ 10mm. Interesting..

We met a guy there shooting with a 50mm who was seriously bummed he packed light for the trip. I loaned him my 10-22 but it wouldn't fit.. He was shooting film!! I gave him my 16-35 and he was happy to get the shot he wanted.


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