Behind the Shot
with Scott Stulberg
Santorini Island, Greece
Canon 5D Mark III
EF 16-35mm/f2.8L II
16mm (6 vertical frames)
This is a shot that I wanted to redo after doing a pano of it in 2005 and having it in hospitals and private collections all over. But I shot it as a horizontal back then and was never completely happy with not having it as a vertical pano. So…on this trip to Paris and Greece, I knew I had to try again and see. But with the ridiculous crowds at sunset, having no one in the shot is wishful thinking as the hoards of people come from all over the island to watch the sunset at this spot – which happens to be the most beautiful spot on Earth that I have ever been to. Nothing even comes close to this eye candy and on this morning, I woke to the most beautiful clouds but heavy wind and cold. I knew that hardly anyone would be out, especially at sunrise, so I jammed on my 4-wheeler with my backpack and RRS gear and got to my favorite spot just in the nick of time.
I set up my BH-40 ballhead with your panning clamp, which has been a lifesaver this trip, and shot 6 verticals – no HDR…just 6 shots – and stitched them together with Photomerge.
I absolutely love it and wanted you to see how much your gear means to me!! Without the right gear, you just can’t work the right way. Traveling all over the world to shoot travel means you need the best gear that is more than dependable – the design is the key. Man, you all just do it right! A big thanks as you all helped me once again get the shot!