My first serious attempted at composing a panoramic shot in the field. I wanted to show the flow of the river and the gorge leading into the distance. I also wanted to include detail like the trailing ivy and include the lush vegetation cascading down the walls.
Here's the technical bit . . .
There was a huge dynamic range so I would have to bracket as well as stitch. Once Nick and Bex had moved their bags, I set up the tripod and camera in landscape mode. I use an L bracket and macro plates so the camera can rotate through the nodal point of the lens. This eliminates paralax and there's an excellent tutorial / explanation on the Really Right Stuff website.
I took 12 sets of three shots at ISO 100, f22, .5s, 2s and 8s. Between each shoot I moved the camera 15 degrees. I could have made bigger sweeps but because I was going to create an HDR image, I make sure that if one shot doesn't align, the whole series isn't lost.
Back at home I merged each set of three images using photomatix and then tone mapped. I then stitched with PTGui to create a single large 16bit tiff file. This was then cropped and processed in photoshop - levels, a bit of colour work and then resized and sharpened for upload.
Please fell free to comment on my composition or technique. Please view the large version!
|Camera:||Canon EOS 1-D Mark II |
|Lens:||EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|