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South Stack Panorama #1

Panoramic image of the cliffs and lighthouse at South Stack on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales

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The story behind this image

The Isle of Anglesey, just off the North Wales coast, is a concentrated jewel of loveliness, full of sensory treats seemingly around every corner.

One of the most beautiful and dramatic spots are the cliffs and lighthouse at South Stack, not only because of the visually stunning location, but also due to the thousands of migratory seabirds that nest on the cliffs in spring and early summer.

Standing on the cliff edge admiring the view one is assaulted by a cacophony of sound as gulls, guillemots, puffins and others wheel though the turbulent skies or sit squawking at their neighbours on the crowded ledges.

I've photographed and videod here more times than I can remember so I thought on this occasion I'd try something different and produce a really massive, high resolution panoramic collage of the lighthouse and sweep of the cliffs, with the thought that at a later date I could make a huge print showing the minute details of cliff and nesting birds.

No sooner though about than acted upon, I levelled up my tripod and camera and captured the dozen or so overlapping frames required to take in the full view in intimate detail.

Back home, Adobe Lightroom made shortish work of blending the individual frames together into this very pleasing collage.

The only problem is that I've had to shrink the image size significantly to allow viewing on a screen, so much of the fine detail is lost.

Time for a monster print maybe?

Image data

Filename - south stack panorama 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 60mm

Exposure - 1/80 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours.

Location - South Stack, Anglesey, North Wales

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom and PhotoShop CC

Comments - Panoramic image made by stitching multiple exposures