Weekly Image #31 – Sunset over the Tay

Yesterday evening I headed up to one of my favourite spots in Dundee, the Law. This extinct volcano, situated just north of the city centre, grants sweeping views across all of Dundee, and particularly the Firth of Tay, Newport, and the low hills stretching far inland to Perth.

Greeted by a beautiful sunset – which Dundee gets almost daily in autumn and spring – I set up my camera on the hill’s Western side and took a panorama (something I don’t really do much). I had originally intended to take in the view all the way from the oil rigs moored in the East to the hills stretching to the West, but quickly realised that a) I did not have a proper vantage point with nothing in the way, and b) it would have required at least a dozen, probably up to twenty vertical images to achieve, and my poor old laptop already huffed and puffed for twenty minutes just stitching the eight images that make up this final result. So instead I concentrated on the view to the West, from the (in)famous rail bridge (once the longest bridge in the world, and scene of a tragic disaster) to the hills on the right. The resolution is a whopping 18,917 x 5,103 pixels, and this is the level of detail one can make out when zooming in (the panorama I uploaded is at greatly reduced resolution though, to save space):

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Taken with the Pentax K3 and Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 HSM at f/8, 1/25th sec. and ISO 100, stitched out of eight vertical exposures, each taken at 50 mm.

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