Etna Power Panorama





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Behind The Lens

The photo was taken exactly from these coordinates 37°51'22.1"N 14°56'17.1"E on the road Etna North, near the city of Randazzo.
The photo was taken at 10:30 am, but the paroxysm began long before.
I have not taken care of 100% lighting, I was focused on trying to portray the cloud of smoke in full. I managed to do this with two shots which I then merged in Photoshop.
I used a simple Sony A3000 with a wide angle lens, the Samyang 12mm F2. I did not use a tripod, I made the photo freehand.
That day I was working in the countryside, I suddenly heard the roar and I turned around, I realized immediately that it was Etna. After that I turned around I saw the great and terrifying mushroom of smoke. I did not have great visibility from the countryside and then I ran to the car to get closer. Luckily I had the camera with me.
As I said before with the wide angle I could not portray the event in full. I made three shots and then I merged these photos with Photoshop. After the merger I played with the hue and contrast.
In my camera bag
In my bag I usually have around two camera bodies, 9 goals, 4 flash, tripod and various filters. Unfortunately that day I had one camera and wide angle lens.
To capture something like that you need to first have a tripod to minimize camera shake, serves a wide angle lens and finally serves strength in the legs, because you have to walk much.

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