How About Some Panoramas?

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    You know, I haven't really seen any thing along the subject of panoramas. I would be nice to hear some tips and probably see some of what you amateurs and pros are putting together out there.

    Here's something for starters:

    The main courtyard within the Forbidden City in Beijing, CN.
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    Forbidden City Panorama by pmxperience, on Flickr
     
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    I'd recommend leveling your horizon. IMHO it is vitally important to make sure your horizons are dead level in a pano, because the pictures are so wide that even a small deviation is visible- and it throws the eye off.

    Ruahrc
     
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    Here's one I made while hiking up in Mineral King valley:

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    This is a 4 shot pano of a cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde known as Nordenskjold 16 . You can't get into the site , only see it from across the valley . Images taken by a 5D2 and 100-400 at 400 , plus tripod . iso 400 , f5.6@1/250 . Took the shots just fooling around , intending to stitch them when I got home but never did until about 15min. ago . Stitching done via CS5, this was the first time I tried to do something like this , didn't come out too shabby ...

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    Haven't had time to shoot in a while, hopefully heading up to the Sierra's sometime soon to grab some cooler panos. In the mean time this is one from a few months ago at Foster Falls, TN
     
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    This is a 4 shot pano taken south of Radium, British Columbia. About 20 miles back into the Rocky Mountains.
     

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    Parade of the Elephants, The Arches Nat'l Park, Moab, UT. The LaSalle mountains in the background.

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    Asymmetric folds in a road cut of Ordovician limestone+dolomite beds of the Appalachian foreland, southwest Vermont, USA.

    This is three shots from September 2011 pieced together with Canon's PhotoStitch 3.2 software, which is fairly limited but does a nice job within it's confines. I believe this software comes free with many Canon cameras. Some minor touchups in Aperture.
     
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    This is a shot of the Drakensberg mountains in the Natal province of South Africa, very close to the Lesotho border.
     
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    GoldenGateBridge-Panorama

    Taken off the stern of my friends sailing vessel. This is 5 RAW images stitched in CS5. Nikon D300 w/24-70 f/2.8 @ f/5.6 1/1250 sec ISO 200 31mm.

    We had sailed from Portland to San Francisco in a fierce spring storm that ripped our mainsail to shreds. When we sailed under the Golden Gate it was calm in the bay and we could relax for the first time in days!
     

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    Sedona

    Beautiful Sedona Arizona from June 2012.

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    I really like this treatment of an otherwise cliche photo location. Using pano gives a sense of magnitude to the shot. Well done.
     
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    Some very nice photos here. Good thread topic.

    Personal opinions on pano: not all locations suit themselves to pano - to my mind, use of pano needs to add grandeur or magnitude that otherwise isn't easily achieved with standard formatting. Second, some panos are a series of poorly exposed photos - which just makes for a poorly exposed pano shot. Exposure and focus are every bit as important in a pano. Last, as someone already pointed out, an even horizon line is really important. I prefer to use a tripod with a two way level mounted.

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    Island Lake - Grouse Ridge lakes basin; Sierra Nevada, CA.
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    10 photo panorama, all 24 mm; f/11; 1/180; ISO 100. Post in Aperture 3, stitched in PS Elements.
     
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    This shot was taken in the Rocky Mountains on top of Whistlers Mountain which is (7472 ft) above sea level. It was mid July and a bit chilly that day (5 Celsius) as you can see there was still snow up there. Whistlers Mountain is located in Jasper, Alberta, Canada and is inside Jasper National Park. The view you are seeing is approx. 200-300 kilometers, east to west. It is magnificent view and one of my favorites hikes up into the Rocky Mountains.
     

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    Spirit Lake near Mt. Saint Helens. Reprocessed in CS6

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    Shot vertical with a leveled tripod. I have since learned a few things about panos. Time of day is important, mid day is better than early or late. Shoot at full manual including manual focus to keep the camera from making changes from frame to frame.

    Is there software that will stitch RAW files?

    Dale


    ^^AOB^^ How did you do your adjustment to keep the sky so nice and even?
     

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