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Formentor Panorama #1

Panoramic image looking south from the Formentor peninsula over the Bay of Pollenca, Mallorca

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The story behind this image

The Balearic island of Mallorca has a reputation for hard partying resorts and all that's worst about huge concrete hotels plastered along the coast.

And true - these places do exist - but thankfully they form only a small, and easily avoided, part of this otherwise beautiful island.

The west coast of the island, backed by the Sierra de Tramuntana mountains and with fantastic scuplted karst limestone geology, is my particular favorite region, and my wife Liz and I spent many happy days driving its serpentine roads and gawping at the scenery during our ten day break there.

Right at the northern end of this coastline lies the Formentor peninsula, from which I photographed this view looking back south over the Bay of Pollenca bathed in the late afternoon sun.

I tried to make a meaningful image of this view from just a single exposure, but without the whole sweep of the bay visible at once, the impact of the scene was lost.

So I set up tripod and camera, carefully levelled, and took nine overlappping frames from which to construct this panorama, once back home, in Adobe PhotoShop.

It's great to have these digital tools available, to enable the expression of vision in a way that was technically near impossible with film.

Image data

Filename - mallorca formentor panorama 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 45mm

Exposure - 1/40 sec @ f11, ISO100

Location - Fomentor Peninsula, Mallorca, Spain

This image - 1200x225px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom and PhotoShop CC

Comments - Panorama made up of multiple exposures, stitched together