Dead Horse Point Panorama

Here is the promised panoramic version of the Dead Horse Point at sunrise. The full version is comprised of 8 vertical images, measuring approximately 32 megapixels with an aspect ratio of 2:1.

Dead Horse Point Panorama at Sunrise

NIKON D700 @ 28mm, ISO 200, 1/10, f/8.0

All 8 shots were taken in Manual mode at f/8 and 1/10th of a second, ISO 200. Whenever you shoot panoramic images, always remember to switch to full manual mode to get identical exposure. You do not want your shutter speed or your aperture to change when you move from one point to another and shooting in manual will always yield consistent results for stitching software. Do not forget to disable Auto ISO as well – you want to keep your ISO at the lowest value for the best image quality. The above and other tips on panoramic photography can be found in my panoramic photography guide.


  1. April 18, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Excellent image and excellent stitching technique. Thanks for sharing.

    • April 18, 2010 at 1:44 am

      Thank you for your feedback Avi! How are you liking your D700 so far?

      • 1.1.1) Avi Revivo
        April 18, 2010 at 1:50 am

        Amazing camera, shooting at 1600 and 3200 and getting sharp images even with NR on is just wonderful. Also got the 16-35 a week ago and I am loving it so far but haven’t had the chance to put it through the pace.

        Waiting for the new 24mm 1.4 to be available as I am planing to get it.

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          April 18, 2010 at 1:57 am

          Avi, I’m glad that you are enjoying the D700 with the 16-35!

          The Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED is sitting on my desk right now :) Planning to do some shooting tomorrow and a full-blown test early next week, if everything goes as planned.

          • Avi Revivo
            April 18, 2010 at 2:02 am

            I will be eagerly waiting for this test! thanks!

  2. 2) AH
    April 18, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Beautiful shots nasim!

  3. 3) Игонин Алексей
    April 18, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Красивая панорама, спасибо. Интересно только, когда его (Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED) уже продавать начнут, а то у меня заказ на Адораме так и висит. Обещали ведь в апреле:((( Но очень интересно посмотреть ваши сэмплы с Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED.

    • April 19, 2010 at 1:16 am

      Алексей, продавать уже начали – Вы скоро уже должны будете получить 24mm f/1.4G :) Сэмплы будут завтра!

      • 3.1.1) Игонин Алексей
        April 19, 2010 at 5:15 am

        Отлично, порадовали дважды:) Ох быстрее бы сэмплы:)))

  4. 4) Dennis
    April 18, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Breathtaking shot. Really amazing. Did you use any density filter?


    • April 19, 2010 at 1:17 am

      Thank you Dennis! Yes, I used a 0.6 Graduated ND filter for this shot and dropped another -0.5 filter in Lightroom to bring out the clouds :)

      • 4.1.1) Avi Revivo
        April 19, 2010 at 1:19 am

        Can you specify the brand and type of holder?


        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          April 19, 2010 at 1:32 am

          Avi, I use the Lee Filter Holder system + 77mm ring adapter, along with the ND Grad filters (you can get the filters separately).

          Hope this helps.

          • Avi Revivo
            April 19, 2010 at 1:37 am

            It helps, thanks. Is there a more basic/cheaper kit you would recommend for the 16-35 if this is my first entry to ND grads and non screw type filters?

            • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
              April 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm

              Avi, since you are shooting on D700 (FX) and with an ultra-wide angle lens, I wouldn’t recommend a smaller filter system. You can also try to Cokin “Z” series, but I am not sure if those would be cheaper than Lee filters.

              If you do not want to purchase all three ND Grad filters, just start out with one – I would recommend getting the 0.9 ND grad filter (3 stops), since I use it the most.

              Hope this helps and good luck with your photography!

      • 4.1.2) Dennis
        April 19, 2010 at 7:12 am

        Thanks for the information. Graduated ND filter is something new to me. Got to get hold of one and experiment with it.

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          April 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm

          Dennis, one thing that I understood so far, is that an ND filter is almost required for landscape photography, especially for sunrise/sunset shots…

          • Dennis
            April 24, 2010 at 4:07 am

            By using ND filter to reduce overall exposure so as to use slow shutter speeds to blur the action. Now it solved my mystery. I been wondering why this shot looks dynamic to me. I understand now. Is getting interesting.

            • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
              April 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm

              Dennis, regular ND filters decrease overall exposure of the entire shot. Make sure to get Graduated ND filters that only decrease exposure on a certain part of the image.

  5. 5) Pasquier
    April 18, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Really beautiful photo Nasim – I very much look forward to reading a detailed piece on how this is done. The only Pano camera I have used is the Xpan, and it would be nice to have a digital equivalent.

    • April 19, 2010 at 1:18 am

      Thank you Pasquier! It is actually a very simple technique. The tripod article is taking forever to write and I’m hoping to finish it tomorrow. Once I’m done with that, I will move on to the panorama article right away :)

  6. April 20, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Beautiful panoramic of a location I hope to visit someday! The 16-35 VR is on my hit list to satisfy my wide angle needs as well.

    • 6.1) Pasquier
      April 20, 2010 at 11:19 am

      A lovely lens, Richard – can heartily recommend it.
      Just wish I had sujets at hand like Nasim has….

      • April 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm

        Pasquier, you should join me on my next trip! :)

    • April 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm

      Richard, just like Pasquier pointed out, the Nikon 16-35mm VR is excellent!

  7. 7) Tom
    April 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    great shot –
    do you use anything for geotagging your photos? I know Nikon makes a GPS unit, it is pricey, is this the best or is there an alternative that you know of and might recommend? Thoughts? Thanks –

    • April 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm

      Tom, thank you! I would say that Nikon GP-1 is one of the best GPS units you can buy today. Dawntech also has a di-GPS unit that is very popular, but it is bigger and bulkier than GP-1.

  8. 8) Dennis
    April 27, 2010 at 11:51 am

    The Graduated ND filters are really handy. I see why you recommended it.

  9. 9) Eduardo Siqueira
    October 26, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Nasin, in landscape situations like this in your article ND Filter (3 stops) is enought to make the sky bluer? Is it necessary to use a Circular PL too? Which situations should I use de ND and the PL?

    Thanks, Eduardo.

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