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The A65 got taken out for the first time today - to Caerphilly where I spent a few hours pottering about - mostly at the Castle where the Medieval Fayre was on.

Ok, this won't qualify as a fab photo but the camera seems to do a good job with the panoramas - just cropped, resized and sharpened - can you spot the joins? I can't......

Mind you I think it's slightly on the wonk Smile

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Alpha SLT-A65
Lens:18-55mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 Dec 2012 - 3:40 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Caerphilly Castle
Username:cattyal cattyal
Uploaded:8 Dec 2012 - 8:20 PM
Tags:Caerphilly castle, Landscape / travel, Panorama
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Jestertheclown


Quote: can you spot the joins?

No . . .


Quote: I think it's slightly on the wonk

. . . and yes.

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cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 96354 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2012 - 10:15 PM

well at least part of the pic is right ie. no joins - it does as good a job as the Fuji X10 which is nice though I'm not sure yet whether it has as many options (must check out the manual).

There is admittedly no excuse for a wonky pic though as I've got the level showing in the viewfinder so should at least be able to make sure it's straight - oops Smile

Edit: Interesting - the A65 only seems to shoot landscape from left to right. The Fuji X10 shoots landscape in either direction plus portrait in either direction.

Last Modified By cattyal at 8 Dec 2012 - 10:17 PM

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Jestertheclown
8 Dec 2012 - 10:42 PM

Hi Ali,
Having had a look at this in CS6, I don't think that it's so much wonky, well maybe a bit; it's more that the castle itself looks a little distorted.
I'm not sure what the technical term is, or even if one exists but it's that effect that the middle's falling outwards that you're left with when an image has had the verticals corrected, even when the shot's been taken at an angle to the building and they should actually have been left alone.
Is it caused by your panoramic filter/app/whatever you've used perhaps?
Just a thought.

Bren.

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cattyal e2 Member 96354 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2012 - 10:56 PM

Well the tower to the left of the front of the castle is leaning at a rather alarming angle so distorts the image somewhat - take a look HERE and you can see just how far it leans. Therefore in this image the tower is leaning towards me which doesn't really help matters and is what probably causes the 'middle falling outwards' effect Smile

The pano is put together in camera - I let it do all the hard work

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Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
8 Dec 2012 - 11:35 PM

Interesting that the camera joins the panorama. I join mine in Photoshop.
certainly no signs of a join.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Jestertheclown
8 Dec 2012 - 11:41 PM

Hi again,
That crumbling tower does explain quite a lot.
Taking the castle on its own (mod.1) it is leaning slightly to the right which is easily rectified as I've done in mod. 2, although I've chopped the top off but you wouldn't be able to do that in your pano, or at least, not quite as easily.
Having got it about straight though, it looks as if the outer two towers are splayed outwards slightly. You'd need to use the distort tool to push them back in, which may (or may not) make matters worse elsewhere.
Apart from the 'falling-over' tower, which is falling over in reality, I can only assume that the other distortion is just that, distortion, most probably created, I'm guessing, by the pano software.
Alternatively, having looked at the photos on that site that you linked to, there doesn't seem to be a straight line in the place, so perhaps your shot, once straightened isn't quite so far from the truth after all.
Hope this helps.

Bren.

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Bonvilston
9 Dec 2012 - 3:45 PM

Not many people take the shot from directly in front \of the leaning tower, so this maybe a first ! Mostly the tower is leaning so much that this is the natural ( i.e. obvious) shot to take.

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cattyal e2 Member 96354 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Dec 2012 - 6:50 PM

Thanks again folks Smile

Thanks too Brendan for having a play with the pic. It certainly doesn't help that there is a distinct lack of vertical lines in that building though indeed it does bulge a bit more than maybe it should. Next time I'm out I'll find a subject that is very definitely upright and try another pano with it in the centre of the swing to see what happens.

Peter - actually I didn't take any pics at all from the front of the building - too many people and stuff and it was more interesting to look at than photograph Smile Having spent most of the day inside the castle by the time I got out the light was far better over that side anyway Smile

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