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Grand Tetons - My First Serious Panoramic Shots

 
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Aug 06, 2010 23:13 |  #1

These are the first 2 serious attempts at panoramic shots. Both are from my recent Trip to Yellowstone, and the Grand Tetons.

They have been mangled a little bit by Flickr.

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IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4098/4867342043_9a7f4d987f_z.jpg

The original is a huge 19260x4860, but there isn't enough sky above the top of the mountains for my liking.

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IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4137/4867342049_847f3970a4_b.jpg

The original is 9947x3246.

Things I have learnt so far:
1. Make sure you leave enough room over the top of mountains!!! And ideally do a two pass sweep so you have the pixels to throw away if you want!
2. If using CPL - be very careful about not bumping it when taking the photos.
3. A good computer is needed (have a new one - but haven't calibrated the monitor yet)
4. Apparent horizons are sometimes curved, and if you try to straighten/level them, the photo can end up looking weird.


C+C Welcome - As I would like to get better at these.

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Aug 06, 2010 23:26 |  #2

Very cool Daniel!


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Aug 07, 2010 07:23 as a reply to  @ dgcorner's post |  #3

Try shooting panos with the camera in the vertical position...this will give you much more headroom and leave plenty of wiggle room for cropping. Also, I wouldn't use a polarizer when shooting panos...as you rotate the camera from shot to shot, you're changing the angles involved. You can see what it does to the sky...


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Aug 07, 2010 09:34 as a reply to  @ argyle's post |  #4

The compositions are great but the level/curves on the first image are affected by the snow and could be improved.

Curved horizons usually mean the camera was not held level and levels only needs to be a few degrees out to be reflected in the final image, especially for panoramas since each shot compounds the next. The mounting plates on some tripods are not that well registered in relation to their bubble levels. I have used a DIgital angle finder to check a bunch of tripods in a camera store and found that level accuracy was a bit of a lottery.




  
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Aug 07, 2010 11:11 |  #5

dgcorner wrote in post #10676371 (external link)
Very cool Daniel!

thanks.

argyle wrote in post #10677379 (external link)
Try shooting panos with the camera in the vertical position...this will give you much more headroom and leave plenty of wiggle room for cropping. Also, I wouldn't use a polarizer when shooting panos...as you rotate the camera from shot to shot, you're changing the angles involved. You can see what it does to the sky...

Both were shot with the camera vertical, and there still wasn't enough head room for sky in the first one!!! I only did one pass on the first one, and there were two passes on the second (but quite a bit ended up in the bit bucket). I guess I need to think about how many shots across it's going to be, and of over 5-6 then think about doing a double row, so I can still have height if I need it.

BobL wrote in post #10677720 (external link)
Curved horizons usually mean the camera was not held level and levels only needs to be a few degrees out to be reflected in the final image, especially for panoramas since each shot compounds the next. The mounting plates on some tripods are not that well registered in relation to their bubble levels. I have used a DIgital angle finder to check a bunch of tripods in a camera store and found that level accuracy was a bit of a lottery.

Funnily enough -for #1 I had leveled the camera using the 7d digital level, and it showed as level throughout the pano (test rotated to ensure everything was ok), so I think it's just more the far shore is not actually straight, it recedes into the distance giving the appearance of a wonky horizon. On #2 - I can't remember actually taking the time to check all the way through the arc that the camera was level, so it may have been out slightly.

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