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Beachside sunset; Odaiba, Tokyo

This was the first shot I took on my little trip down to Odaiba with my son yesterday. I intended to walk straight to the old fort at the end of the beach, but couldn't really resist shooting this beautiful view of the sunset from the beach.

The stitching was a little off. There is a spot on the sand in the middle of the panorama where, although the footprints and everything else match up ok, the line of the wet sand looks a little weird. I have been using PTGui to stitch a lot of the panoramas I have been doing recently and was getting pretty happy with how it was dealing with HDR blending and stitching. But, it had big problems dealing with 7-frame bracketed sets of two scenes. The HDR blending was awful and the panoramas were very odd. So, went back to doing the blending in Photomatix and the stitching in Photoshop. It works pretty well so I may stick with that for now and return to PTGui when I have the patience.

Nikon D300

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 @ f/6.3

7-frame bracketed burst, with 1-stop spacing

Blended using Photomerge in Photoshop.

Contrast tweaks, dodging, burning, slight cross-balance change and tonal contrast hike in Photoshop.

Bigger version at http://www.flickr.com/photos/alfiegoodrich