Introducing Scoop Neck Tees and Unisex Tanks — FIND OUT MORE

Gotthard Elbows Revisted - The HDR Panorama by Luke Griffin

Currently unavailable for purchase

Gotthard Elbows Revisted - The HDR Panorama by 


VOTE to provide better viewing of large images HERE

A HDR panorama of Gotthard Pass.

I finally got the chance to revisit San Gottardo after first passing through this area last October (2010). The image that I took then and posted on RedBubble (a multi-feature and 2x challenge winning image) can be seen here.

Once used by another RedBubble ‘artist’ on his blog as “an example of Bad HDR”, I vowed to revisit this location to improve my ‘below standard work’.

Here is the result… I think it’s an improvement (and I don’t care whether he does or not). ;-)

Gotthard Pass (Italian: Passo del San Gottardo) (el. 2106 m.) is a high mountain pass in Switzerland between Airolo in the canton of Ticino, and Göschenen in the canton of Uri, connecting the northern German-speaking part of Switzerland with the Italian-speaking part, along the route onwards to Milan.

Though the pass was locally known in antiquity, it was not generally used until the early 13th century, because it involved fording the turbulent Reuss, swollen with snowmelt during the early summer, in the narrow steep-sided Schöllenen Gorge (the Schöllenenschlucht), below Andermatt. As early as 1236, it was dedicated to the Bavarian Saint Gotthard of Hildesheim.

I love this road and this area for the uniqueness and history surrounding it. I drove this very road on my first road trip to Italy in September 2010.

Note the small dots towards the bottom of the road – these are cars.

With the camera hand held, this panorma was created from 10 groups of 3 different bracketed exposures (-2, 0 +2), totaling 30 separate photos. Each bracket was tonemapped in photomatix creating 10 × 45 mb tif files. These tiff files were then stitched together in hugin creating a single 159mb tiff file.

This file was then opened in photoshop, duplicated to 2 layers. The top layer was run through Topaz denoise to clean it up, a layer mask was then applied to reveal the detail in the features below the horizon.

The file was then saved as a jpg for uploading.

Photographs taken with Nikon D7000, 10-20mm Sigma lens @ 10mm, iso 2500, f/4

Image added on 30th of June, 2011.

Others you may like:

View my art by category


nikon, d7000, panorama, hdr, diesel photographics, 180 degree panorama, swiss alps, gotthard pass, gotthard, mountain pass, switzerland

Originally hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Luke’s work uniquely reflects his life-long love of the outdoors and his keen interest in portraiture. Having recently returned from 4.5 years living and travelling abroad, his portfolio presents an intriguing variety of images that will delight any viewer.

View Full Profile


  • Katherine Johns
    Katherine Johnsalmost 3 years ago

    Simply stunning!!

  • Thank you Katherine.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Outstanding Pano Luke

  • Thank you Larry!

    – Luke Griffin

  • Junior Mclean
    Junior Mcleanalmost 3 years ago

    Nice photo shot!!

  • Thanks Junior.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Ron Hannah
    Ron Hannahalmost 3 years ago

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL shot! WOW!

  • Thank you very much Ron!!

    – Luke Griffin

  • Ian Berry
    Ian Berryalmost 3 years ago

    Great scene & beautifully done Luke. Would love to cover that one with my Motorcycle as well!

  • Thank you Ian. I too would love to ride it (as MANY locals do) but do not ride any more these days.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Ruben D. Mascaro
    Ruben D. Mascaroalmost 3 years ago

    U bute tru blu gold for ’straylya! Great work mate. Well done.

  • Haha… you’re a dag.

    Cheers bro.

    – Luke Griffin

  • laruecherie
    laruecheriealmost 3 years ago

    Awesome Panorama!

  • Thank you very much Laruecherie!!

    – Luke Griffin

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

    Many CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, lovely work.

  • Thank you Andrea.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Tracy Friesen
    Tracy Friesenalmost 3 years ago

    What an impressive panorama! Fantastic work! Congrats on your feature!

  • Thank you Tracy.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dalmost 3 years ago

    Congrats on your sale! Great work and I’m sure it is a great poster! Kasia

  • Many thanks Kasia!!

    – Luke Griffin

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait