5 Fingers - Krippenstein (Austria) - 36 shot HDR Panorama

Luke Griffin

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A 36 shot (portrait orientation) 180 degree HDR panorama from the “5 Fingers” lookout.

5 Fingers is a free viewing platform on the Krippenstein that was named “5 Fingers” by virtue of its hand-like hand shape.

It is called the “most spectacular viewing platform in the Alps” 1 because the individual, approximately 4 meters long fingers were built over a precipice of about 400 m (1200 ft) depth.

The “fingers” are about 12 feet long and were built over a chasm of about 400 m (1200 ft) depth. The viewing platform can be reached through a walk of less than 20 minutes from the Krippenstein station of the Dachstein cable car line.


*_At the first finger (from left to right) a metal frame was assembled, so visitors can take a framed photo of themselves as a souvenir._

*_The second finger was equipped with a glass bottom which allows to look down into the abyss below._

*_The third finger is shorter than all others and is not accessible all the way. It has a kind of springboard and symbolizes the freedom of the mountains._

*_The fourth finger has a hole in the floor that allows a free view into the abyss._

*_At the fifth finger a telescope is available free of charge._

*_The observation deck is illuminated at night until midnight and can therefore be easily seen with the bare eye as far as the towns of Hallstatt and Obertraun._

With the camera hand held, this 180 degree panorma was created from 12 groups of 3 different bracketed exposures (-2, 0 +2), totaling 36 separate photos. Each bracket was tonemapped in photomatix and then stitched together in photoshop.

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.

Photographs taken with Nikon D7000, 10-20mm Sigma lens @ 10mm, iso 100, f/9.

Image added on 6th of June, 2011

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