Break up the day

Why set­tle for one mo­ment in time? Tom Welsh shows you how to cre­ate a kalei­do­scopic col­lage con­tain­ing frag­ments of an en­tire sunrise

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Shoot through­out sunrise to cre­ate a kalei­do­scopic im­age of the whole thing

Pho­tog­ra­phers love shoot­ing in the ‘golden hours’ of the day, when the sun is very low in the sky and lends a warm colour cast to a scene. How­ever, it’s very dif­fi­cult to cap­ture the whole gamut of a sunrise’s colours and moods in a sin­gle, static im­age, so here’s a fun Pho­to­shop tech­nique that will en­able you to do just that.

Cre­at­ing a seg­mented land­scape like this in­volves tak­ing mul­ti­ple photos of a scene over a pe­riod of time – in this case a sunrise view of Bam­burgh Castle on the coast of Northum­ber­land. This tech­nique works best when some­thing in the scene will be chang­ing, such as the light at sunrise or sunset.

You’ll need a tri­pod, and you’ll need to shoot on a day with­out any wind, as your cam­era must re­main per­fectly still through­out; any cam­era shake will re­sult in the im­ages not fit­ting to­gether cor­rectly in post-pro­duc­tion. A ca­ble or re­mote re­lease will be a great help, though it’s not es­sen­tial, as most Nikon D-SLRs fea­ture a handy tool called ‘In­ter­val Shoot­ing’. This al­lows you to set your cam­era to shoot for as long you want at set in­ter­vals of your choos­ing.

This tech­nique does also in­volve a fair amount of post-pro­duc­tion in Pho­to­shop. To piece your im­ages to­gether you have to pile them all on top of each other in lay­ers, then cut out sec­tions to re­veal just a lit­tle piece of each. If you’re not ‘at one’ with Pho­to­shop, though, fear not; with our tips, you will soon be as­sem­bling this jig­saw of an im­age in no time at all.

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