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Being able to show gradient in a photo

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Nick Payne
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 2352
Location: Canberra, Australia

1/23/17 7:03 PM

Being able to show gradient in a photo

One of the very few photos where I've managed to successfully show the steepness of a climb (about 15% by my Garmin at this point). Three images stitched together with Autopano - hence my wife appearing three times over. This is a steep pinch called 'The Meg' on the lower slopes of Mt Hotham, which I reckon is the best climb in Australia when tackled from this Harrietville side:

At the summit:

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Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16463
Location: Portland, OR

1/23/17 7:54 PM

Nice! ;)

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Joined: 01 Jun 2004
Posts: 526
Location: Montreal

3/3/17 4:25 AM


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Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 2906
Location: Midland, MI

3/3/17 10:07 AM


It is really hard to show how steep something is. We try to get shots that show the angle of the chutes we ski on and it seldom looks like it does when you're on the hill. When I see one of those shots in a ski magazine I assume they must be using a wide angle or other special lens. I've skied the runs that I've seen pictures of: they are steep, the ski mag photos make them look steep, and my photos, not so much.

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Matthew Currie
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 762
Location: Vermont

3/4/17 4:53 PM

If it weren't for the wider road and the left side riding, the first picture would look almost exactly like a portion of Monument Hill in Hubbardton, Vermont, which is also just about 15 percent.

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Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 3203
Location: NorCal

3/5/17 2:00 PM

Is there something more to it than positioning of the camera? Certainly the panoramic stitch-together helps drive the point home!

We have similar scenery (depending on which side of every mountain) and similar switchbacks everywhere here in "Gold Country" in the Sierra Foothills. It reminds me of parts of Old Forresthill Road and Forresthill Road near Auburn.
And it looks like you're enjoying fine weather, we having just had a brief, rare blast of snow, which is nearly melted already only a half-hour later. It seems that the cold front passed by, as I saw the temperature suddenly drop from 43F to 41F at 11:30am.

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Matthew Currie
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 762
Location: Vermont

3/5/17 7:00 PM

I note from the image information that the lens was 18 mm., which is relatively wide, and I think width in addition to the panoramic stitch probably helps.

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