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Do my panoramas not look like panoramas?
Posted By: ftpaddict, 09-03-2009, 12:42 AM

I find it intriguing that my panoramas rarely look like the real deal. In this instance, for example, the image just looks like a cropped wide-angle. Am I doing something wrong?

The image covers about a 220 degree field of view.


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09-03-2009, 01:33 AM   #2
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How many exposures for this one Dan? In this instance, I see what you mean, I think it may have something to do with the fact that the foreground and middleground blend together. Looking at the large version, it still looks like a panorama to me, it would be hard to get that much detail in a crop.
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Agree with Dam Brit - also the crop could be tighter. Which lens are you using?

I fiddled with it, see what you think of this crop



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09-03-2009, 02:56 AM   #4
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Either way it's a nice photograph!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
How many exposures for this one Dan? In this instance, I see what you mean, I think it may have something to do with the fact that the foreground and middleground blend together. Looking at the large version, it still looks like a panorama to me, it would be hard to get that much detail in a crop.
I forgot, honestly. About 4 or 5.

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Agree with Dam Brit - also the crop could be tighter. Which lens are you using?

I fiddled with it [...]
Used the 16-45 @ 16mm. The crop looks nicer, but it still doesn't "feel" like a panorama.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ftpaddict Quote
Used the 16-45 @ 16mm.
Fwiw: the limited success I've seen with these has been with >=28mm, and using vertical exposures put together
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Fwiw: the limited success I've seen with these has been with >=28mm, and using vertical exposures put together
Vertical exposures is what I've done as well; but @ 16mm, with quite a bit of overlap. I used hugin to stitch the photos together. I'm very happy with the way this piece of free software works.
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fwiw, it's a beautiful composition...

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Yep, it's a nice landscape well suited to a pano capture.
Well done.
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fwiw, it's a beautiful composition...
Thank you, though I prefer Nass' composition to my own.

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Yep, it's a nice landscape well suited to a pano capture.
Well done.
Is it? Thank you.
09-03-2009, 06:05 AM   #11
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First: It is a nice shot.

That being said I just think that the valley just draws your eye right to the center. And that's why it doesn't look all that "wide".
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First: It is a nice shot.

That being said I just think that the valley just draws your eye right to the center. And that's why it doesn't look all that "wide".
Ah, but! You see, this is a problem I face with all my panoramas. Here is another example:

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Now on this one, if you had captured more of the building to the right, you would have had more foreground to take you into the picture. It looks like a pano to me but the brightness in the sky does tend to mesmerise the viewer into the centre.
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It was either blow highlights, or live in a really dark city.

Is this more like it? The dirt road in the foreground was more or less straight in real life.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ftpaddict Quote
It was either blow highlights, or live in a really dark city.

The brightest element is right in the centre of what you produced. You could have just metred for every exposure by panning round the scene and then set an average for the actual shooting.


Is this more like it? The dirt road in the foreground was more or less straight in real life.


Could have done with a bit more width on this one.
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