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thought id try a panoramic shot .i dont know if this shot is any good as its the first time ive tried it. any advice and costructive critisism would be much appreciated.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Feb 2012 - 3:52 PM
Focal Length:29mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Fired, Return detected
Title:albert dock
Username:garreth55 garreth55
Uploaded:13 May 2012 - 12:09 PM
Tags:Black & white, Liverpool feb2012
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gazlowe
gazlowe  2 United Kingdom
13 May 2012 - 12:20 PM

nice shot

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puertouk
puertouk  21065 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2012 - 5:28 PM

The image is too squashed with no foreground and is not exposed correctly. I would have also pushed my depth of field a little larger than f5.6, maybe f11. I use Panotour Pro to do my panoramas, but unless you're going to do a lot of panoramic shots, it's not worth it, as the software is very expensive. Also panoramas have very large files, around 500mb, so you need a large hard drive to keep them on. As Frank say's, it's pointless using your flash for a shot like this, unless you were trying to get the attention of a nice looking female in the distance! Wink Panoramic shots can be great, especially when printed and put on a wall, but I would suggest having a full frame camera, maybe the new Nikon D800. (2,599) If you go to www.kolor.com, where you can download the software on a trial basis. Hope this helps
Stephen

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41197 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 10:10 AM

"Panoramic" refers to the aspect ratio of the shot. It doesn't have to be multiple images stitched together, but is generally accepted to be defined by having an aspect ratio of more than 2:1 (ie more than twice as wide as tall, or vice versa). There is no real difference between several longer focal length lens shots stitched together, or a wider-angle cropped, if the aspect ratio is the same.

Here, as has been mentioned, it looks like a dull day and the exposure is a little low. You need a little more space top and bottom, to at least get the boats' reflections in. This would define it as a dock rather than just the building.

A good place to revisit, though in better weather and at a better time of day where the sun helps reveal texture in the brickwork.

Nick

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Sooty_1 Critique Team 41197 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 10:14 AM

ps: next time, I'd use a tripod, as low an ISO as you can, use f/8 and adjust the shutter speed to suit. You don't need a big depth of field as all the subject is across the water, virtually at infinity optically, as far as 18mm lens is concerned.

Nick

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41197 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 3:21 PM


Quote: Is then the term 'Letterbox crop' redundant?


Not as far as I'm aware.
There have been lots of cameras specifically designed to shoot panoramics though (on one frame of film)....Fuji 617 (would still love one of these), Horizon 202, Hasselblad x-pan and so on - not cropped from a larger format, but designed that way.

Of course you can still crop an image in a letterbox format if you want, but you might want to give a panoramic aspect a go - opens up lots of options! Tongue

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