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Manfrotto 300N Panoramic Head

Manfrotto 300n © Grant Glendinning, www.photoscotland.net 2014Manfrotto 300ns - Manfrotto 410 © Grant Glendinning, www.photoscotland.net 2014

 

The Manfrotto 300N Panoramic Rotation Unit (above left), and mounted below my Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head (above right).

Although the unit is not absolutely necessary to create distant panoramic images successfully, it certainly makes creating them much easier and more accurate than either hand holding your camera or using a non panoramic tripod head to do the job.

The unit itself is of very high quality and looks and feels to be much more expensive than it currently sells for; it weighs around 1.3 lbs and has 10 click-stop screw holes that are used to determine the angle of rotation in degrees for each click-stop, which of course is all dependent on lens focal length used and the type of panoramic image you wish to create.

As you can see in the image, the click-stop selector screw is attached to a cable to prevent loss of the screw. There is also a lever which lets you rotate the top of the 300N unit independently which is useful for recomposing an image when you have the set screw locked in position.

The 300N unit is actually quite straightforward and simple to use and not in the least complex as it may first look, it can either be attached directly to a camera without the need of a tripod head or with a Manfrotto plate adaptor via the 3/8 screw.

 I use the 300N unit paired with my Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head mounted to the 190XPRO3 tripod, which  is a perfect combo for creating either horizontal or vertical panoramic landscape images.

Below are a few images using the 300n. (click for larger) First is a 10 stitched shot of the Forth railway bridge from South Queensferry, using my 5dmkiii and Canon 70-200mm f4.0 L lens in portrait orientation @131mm. This preview is 2000 x 664, the original photo is 19760 x 6565 making it a whopping 129.7 megapixels

Forth Railway Bridge © Grant Glendinning 2014 no unauthorised use of this image is permitted

Another Forth Railway bridge photograph, this one is a 4 shot panoramo using my 70-200mm f4.0 L @ 98mm in landscape orientation. For this image I decided to just use 3 of the 4 frames, ommiting the first.

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Loch Lomond Prints

Another morning shot to catch the remaining mist which was lingering on the east shore of Loch Lomond.  As you can see in the image,  the little clump of trees was shedding the last of their autumn colours and the mist surrounding them helped the trees really stand out in this minimulistic shot. The 25 second exposure I used also helped to smooth out any ripples and movement in the water, and just in time too, as the mist soon lifted revealing the landscape behind the trees which of course transformed the scene from this lovely, simple and uncluttered view into the complete opposite. Three other shots from the Loch Lomond mist morning shoot are also shown below as thumbnails.  If you would like to purchase any of these images as a high resolution and quality print or canvas, then please click on a image for available print options.

 

loch-lomond mist

A misty morning on the shore of Loch Lomond with a clump of trees reflecting on the calm water

 

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Oran Mor Twilight print

An early morning rise to capture the morning twilight glow of Oran Mor arts and entertainment venue on Byres Road, Glasgow. I was lucky enough to get the shot from Great Western Road with what looks like an empty street but in fact the traffic was coming in spurts and I just timed it right with the 25 second exposure before more traffic arrived. As you can see in the image there had been a lot of rain that night which left a puddle on the side of the road, I of course took advantage of that and got my Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod down at a low angle to capture the reflection. Having a Hoya low profile polarising filter on my Canon 17-40mm f4.0 L lens helped bring out the reflection nicely, too. You can also see the crescent Moon to the right of the Oran Mor building which was another bonus.

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Oran Mor

 

 

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