These panoramas were shot on assignment for USA TODAY inside and around the Statue of Liberty in the New York Harbor. The trek to the top of the statue, which has been closed since the 9/11 attacks, reopens to the public on July 4, 2009.
The last panorama, shot inside the crown of Lady Liberty, was the most technically difficult panorama that I have ever shot. I knew beforehand that I wanted to allow viewers to see out of the windows. After all, without the view from the top, the small room at the top is really quite uninteresting. The exposure for the interior was about 1/2 second at f8. The exterior was about 1/250. Bracketing was obviously required so that I didn’t “blow out” the windows. Because the camera lens was about 4 inches from the edge of the window at times, parallax became an issue, especially with the final shot required to complete the panorama: The down shot, a.k.a., the nadir.