St. Petersburg Florida downtown harbor panorama fine art photograph

Click for 1200px version - St. Petersburg downtown harbor panorama fine art photograph - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm @ f/11 ISO 200 1/400th 4-shot panorama 

If you have Photoshop CS5 or CS6 it is amazingly easy to make a panorama image.  The above panorama of the downtown St. Petersburg, Florida harbor is composed of four shots that I made handheld using only the gridlines in my viewfinder to line up.  Then I loaded those four shots into Photoshop's Photomerge action, led the CPU do a lot of processing, and voila, out came a panorama that I then proceeded to do my usual editing workflow on.  

I am often with my camera near this small harbor as I use this location when teaching my 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lessons.  It is a very good spot to practice making panorama images, composing with leading lines, S-curves and sometimes even wildlife.

Jilted St. Petersburg Sailboat

Nikon D300 with Tamron XR Di II 17-50mm f/2.8 lens @ f/8 ISO 400 1/160th & SB-600 hotshoe mountedI felt bad for this sailboat.  It had broken its moorings and drifted into the shallows of the small harbor.  A storm capable of doing this had passed a few days earlier, so presumably the poor sailboat was in that tilted position for some time.  To me it was incomprehensible how its owners could allow it to lie in such an undignified position.  I thought on the spot they were unfit to own it.  I would gladly relieve them of their burden and spend my weekends traveling in the most green way possible, as well as the most peaceful and elemental way, by sail.  

I sailed once, years ago.  Sailing suits my way of making subtle adjustments and going by feel rather than rote rules.  My photography goes somewhat that same way as well.

What if this sailboat is still jilted next week?  Do I have a right to claim it?  No doubt I would treat it with much more respect and not just name it another one.

Nikon D300 with Tamron XR Di II 17-50mm f/2.8 lens @ f/8 ISO 400 1/160th & SB-600 hotshoe mounted