Panorama Fun

There are a couple panorama ideas that have been kicking around the back of my mind. Working up the Burning Man panorama from my last post reminded me of these ideas. While in Eugene last week I shot a couple panoramas to refine my technique. Once again click on the photo and when the new window opens click on the photo to see the large version of the image.

One of the things I am looking into is rectangular vs. irregular edges. Post a comment and let me know what you prefer.

On the day I shot these tests the sky was hazy from some forest fires, so even at noon the light was soft and warm.



5 thoughts on “Panorama Fun

  1. What focal length lens? Shot on a tripod, I presume?

    Stitched together using some panorama software, or just composited in PS?

    I like the cropped edges, personally. Then it looks like an actual single-shot frame, not a composite of several images.

  2. Tom,

    These were shot hand held with my Canon PowerShot G9. The focal length was the camera’s the widest setting, about the same as a 35mm lens on a SLR. Not too long ago I would put these together by hand, but CS3 does an amazing job of stitching these together so I hit the easy button. I am leaning toward the cropped edges, but I can see where the irregular shape might work in some situations. Still testing at this point, I can see it leading toward a project in the near future. Thanks for the comment.

  3. So the local park makes for a big panorama…you should see it in the spring when the camas are blooming..maybe you can shoot it during different seasons…rainy, green spring etc…

  4. I love to see people out there making panoramic images. These days i have found that it is a lot easier than it used to be too! for anyone who is looking into the idea, i have a few tips that i have learned through the years when it comes to “digital” panoramic images.

    1)Be consistent in your exposures/bracketing
    Be sure that each image is exactly the same so that you can match for consistency in the final product. It is easy to get small half-stop variations when working with multiple images, and you will save yourself a lot of hassle if you can nail down your exposure system from the start.

    2) Tripods are nice, but a steady hand is better!
    This sounds crazy, but i promise its true. One thing that tripods do when you pan your camera from shot to shot is changes the angle of you image. This is one of the largest ways to create the “fisheye” effect on the outer edges of the image, where it seems to go up or down towards the sides. If you can actually move the camera right to left as you pan (only a few inches does the trick) you can help eliminate this and create panoramic images that look much more natural!

    3) Shoot vertical images for your horizontal panoramic image.
    If you shoot say, 6 vertical images instead of two horizontal images, this will help you with that distortion along the edges as well. The second thing that it will do is give you more clarity and detail. (note: this will increase file sizes, but i promise its worth it… print them 300dpi at about 3 or 4 feet long… stunning to say the least!)

    Well, thanks for listening. Like i said, i love seeing panoramic work. Soon i hope to get my own blog on the matter up with some of my work but until then, i love finding your stuff!!

    Clint Brewer

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