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Camp Smokey panorama

By zigga  
This was taken on a recent trip to Bluestone Park in Wales.

I've never tried a panorama before and this was done handheld with probably all the wrong settings as I forgot to switch to manual and didn't use a tripod as we were on our way back from lunch and I was a little rushed, but with a little stitching and cropping in Photoshop I am reasonably please with the result.

Tags: Panorama Woodland Scenery Landscape and travel

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
23 Oct 2012 5:41PM
I think you have a good result. I would like to be able to see the camp itself more clearly, perhaps from a different viewpoint, - but I wasnt there, so no idea if it was possible.



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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2012 8:05PM
Quite a good effort. The only real problem is the burnt out area on the right side. Not easy to do when exposure varies across the frames.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2012 10:27PM
Your stitching looks good to me, Michael, and as an exercise in panoramas, you have done well.
However, I find very little of interest in the right side of the picture. It has a blue cast, the trees are very dark, and it is overexposed.
I think a panoramic image needs to provide interest throughout, otherwise it isn't really worth all that trouble.
Now, the left two thirds of your image looks good to me, having some perspective on the trees beside the road, and the little building nestling low down behind the tall trees. The exposure on that side is good and it has a nice atmosphere, as well as a friendly invitation to come down and visit.
I have done a modification where I cropped the right side, adjusted levels and cloned out the wires along the trees, for a more natural look. I then had the idea of mirroring the image, placing the building on the left, and I quite like it that way.
zigga 5 2 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 10:37AM
Hi Pamela,

Thanks for the mods, interesting view having seen it flipped and it threw me to start with but I like it.

I agree about the right hand side, it's a little dark so thank you for your feedback. I am going to give the panoramic 'stuff' another go.


Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
24 Oct 2012 2:22PM
Hi Michael,

Pamela, Willie and Paul have said all that needs to be said here however, I'm intrigued, did you shoot this in landscape or portrait? I would suspect that you took it in landscape and what that has done compositionally is chop off the bottom of the trees which is really annoying because when I look at this shot all I want to do is see what's down there at the base of the trees. Perhaps its because there is no solid base to the image that makes me feel this way about it. So I would recommend shooting landscapes in portrait orientation not landscape. Yes you have to take more images to cover the same area but you get more top to bottom and don't lose too much in the crop after stitching.

Also, you need to find the exposure lock button which on Canon DSLR's is usually a blue coloured star. Using this will give you a better more even tone accross all of the images because shots can vary in brightness and spoil your pano. Be careful though because when you set the exposure in a dark area and then pan to a sunny area it will overexpose your shot there and visa versa. I would try to avoid dark and bright areas in any panorama and would tend to wait for a cloud to cover the sun for much more even lighting.

Hope this helps

zigga 5 2 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 2:50PM
Hi Dave,

You're right, it was shot in landscape rather than portrait.

Thanks for the feedback, I will have another go perhaps this weekend if I can hopefully find an interesting landscape to photograph. I'll (hopefully) bare all feedback in mind when trying my next attempt.


banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
25 Oct 2012 12:36AM
Dave means shooting Panoramas in portrait rather than landscapes Michael, as Im sure you figured out!

paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2012 7:22PM
You should shoot images meant for panoramic stiching in manual exposure mode.. For the stitching software to balance the images the exposure should be the same on each frame. Auto can give a series of different exposures.

Tripod, manual focus, manual exposure for panoramas.


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