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Exception
04-02-2011, 10:17 AM
Hey all,

If you happen to like panorama photos (like me), you might enjoy this gallery of them I just made.

http://www.except.nl/present/panoramas/panoramas.html

Cheers,
Tom

kosmodave
04-02-2011, 10:28 AM
Very nice photos, what camera/Lens set up did you use? Excellent. :thumbsup:

Dave

Edit; Did you take all the photographs? if so you sure have travelled around.

Exception
04-02-2011, 10:54 AM
Hi Dave,

Yes, I took all the photos. I have been lucky enough to see half the globe. Not yet been to South America or Africa, but am hoping to. These days I only travel when I need to, though.

They've been shot with a wide range of camera's, but I would say the majority was done with a Canon 20D with a Sigma 18-105, and some others with a newer Pentax K-7.

With panorama shots, if taken well, the camera and lens are not so important though, as long as the aperture is small. Some of them were taken with a Lumix pocket camera, for instance... it's just that if you combine 20-odd photos into one, they tend to be of good enough quality :)

kosmodave
04-02-2011, 11:04 AM
Wow, thanks for the info Tom, I really must try and get to see more of our planet first hand. Again excellent work.

Dave

gerry_g
04-02-2011, 04:34 PM
Great images love wide panoramas, everything should be cinemascope a ratio of 2:1 is absolute minimum for my my taste, used to have an old Olympus with an 18" lens, keep thinking of getting a DSLR but iPhone will have to do for now, do you stitch with Photoshop, CS5 is way better than 4 but it still breaks and ghosts.

Exception
04-02-2011, 08:34 PM
Hi Gerry,

Well, to be honest, to accurately stitch panorama's and have control over your work, PS is about as good as a blunt hammer to take out a splinter, in my opinion. A dedicated panorama stitcher is really a must. It does take some practice and getting familiar with the procedure. A good free one is Hugin, although I use PTGui nowadays because of its refinement. On that page it's about half and half. Panorama stitching, in my experience, is a lot more than PS makes it out to be. There are a lot of parameters which you can apply artistically. Masking, exposure control and response curves, projection tuning, sample point optimization, whatnot.

Also, some panorama's are just very difficult, especially if you didn't stick to a perfect tripod and swivel technique. In Ps you're just stuck with something bad, but with a good stitcher you can work your way around some faults... Interior panorama's tend to be very critical. In the Rotterdam Collective panorama you can see a misalignment, for instance. I decided to leave it because it wasn't for a client and it gives a good enough image anyway, but if that was a professional panorama photo for a client you could have freaked around in Hugin or PTGui to get it exactly right.

JonW
04-02-2011, 11:59 PM
With my prehistoric Mamiya 645 & RZ67 after scanning the transparencies. If you do the calculations properly, when the images were re-mapped I could get them to line up within a few pixels, over 4000+ pixels. But I did overlap the images a quarter the width of the frame, the camera was on a very heavy tripod & very heavy geared head, & the lens was turned around it’s nodal point, don’t just turn the camera. Also use a level.

If you are careful taking the shots you won’t have that much work on the computer. If you use a zoom use Lensfix or similar before re-mapping. Plus what I mentioned above & a shutter release cable. Shoot at f8 to f11 & set the camera on manual including white balance, just less work to standardise when you are compiling the shots, use RAW so you have more exposure latitude. Hold a card over the lens to minimise sun flare.

I find on the digital cameras it’s still good practice as in the old days to use mirror lockup for these critical shots. Even on a good tripod you can sometimes pick the difference with camera shake from the mirror.


keep thinking of getting a DSLR but iPhone will have to do for now, do you stitch with Photoshop, CS5 is way better than 4 but it still breaks and ghosts.

Get an old 20d they will cost nothing these days or a 5dmk1, great camera & 12 (top quality) mp. Also like me, use some old Mamiya 645 lenses on the camera with an adapter. My Mamiya 80mm macro produces better quality images than the Canon 135mm. Mamiya 35mm is very good, obviously these lenses will be manual but these you will pick them up for next to nothing. A DSLR pixel is just so much better than say a Canon S90 pixel.

Exception
04-03-2011, 02:36 AM
If you are careful taking the shots you won’t have that much work on the computer.

This is true, but it's a tradeoff. If I shoot with my Bronica SqAi and a heavy tripod it's also easier, but hey, most of these are taken during travel and a pocket camera or a compact DSLR is a lot more convenient. So, if you want to travel light, you have a bit more work as the distortions increase.

In the end the quality of the panorama is only slightly affected, and you have control over it. For very high quality panorama's with a compact camera, just zoom in a little, don;t shoot at the widest angle. You take more shots, stitch them and reduce the resolution and you'll have a very high grade shot.

There's various ways of going about it, which is also fun... dealing with interesting situations like a moving car and all that is also fun :)

OnlineRender
04-03-2011, 03:34 AM
Ten24 have been messing around with panoromia images lately , have a look at there Facebook page

erikals
04-03-2011, 05:21 AM
anyone tried autopano?
http://www.kolor.com/

looks alright for an automated process...
http://www.autopano.net/wiki-en/action/view/Autopano_Pro_2.5_Documentation

 

Titus
04-03-2011, 09:32 AM
anyone tried autopano?
http://www.kolor.com/

looks alright for an automated process...
http://www.autopano.net/wiki-en/action/view/Autopano_Pro_2.5_Documentation

 

I'm a big fan of autopano, I'm also fan of doing panoramas with cheap digital cameras while traveling.

gerry_g
04-03-2011, 04:34 PM
Get an old 20d they will cost nothing these days or a 5dmk1, great camera & 12 (top quality) mp.

Yes the 5D MK11 was the one I was contemplating, used to do a lot of photography even professionally but just don't need to these days and was having difficulty justifying cost for amount of use it would get, and as Exception points out and have found to be true myself is the point that if you are mosaicking the image the quality of each individual image does not have to be particularly high, ok iPhone is pushing it a tad the five megapixel lens is a tad noisy.

OnlineRender
04-04-2011, 10:38 AM
http://blog.360cities.net/japan-tsunami-and-earthquake-damage/

http://blog.360cities.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/547.jpg