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Green Bow

  • Prize
    Bronze in Nature/Sky
  • Company
    smidphotography.com
  • Photographer
    Jan Smid

The more often I take pictures of the Northern Lights, I tend to invent more challenging
projects. Let me introduce you one of the most crazy panorama created with part of the
autumn photoexpedition. We climbed for one and half hour up to my favorite peka over
Sorvagen and I decided to make the shooting of Northern Lights special. I made a choice
for 180° angle view. Actually, to snap such wide panormatic photo of night landscape along
with frequently changing Northern Lights – that was a real blast.

Due to the need of taking averaged exposures, exposure bracketing, higher number of focus
planes, and also consider speed that Northern Lights was changing I had to approach so
called „variable focus bracketing“ (special photograph method I came up with).

Panorama compiled from total of 70 frames (3-level exposure bracketing of 21 frames in two
rows, averaged exposures, 3-level focus bracketing).

Jan Šmíd is exclusively a landscape photographer with a special focus on panoramic photography, For his work, he uses modern photography methods like exposure bracketing, antireflex, focus bracketing, parallactic mount, etc. He has been organizing photography workshops for seven years; he organizes photo expeditions and runs an Individual Photography School.

He is the author of the Photography Wine Harvest concept, where he combines photography in South Moravia and Tuscany together with explaining and tasting great wines.

Jan got the MASTER QEP certification in summer 2018.

Awards Jan has received more than 200 medals/awards from international photography contests. He values medals from Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles, Moscow, London, Melbourne, Budapest, Vienna...