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Piazza del Campo, Siena, Italy

By FabianJA
Famous piazza in Siena, Tuscany. Taken late in the afternoon. Three shots were stitched together in Ps CS5. Exposure - 0 EV, Iso - 100, time of exposure-1/200 sec, flash fired.

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neonknight 12 1 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2011 7:35PM
Great idea nice shot colours are so flat sorry,John

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DRicherby 8 269 725 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2011 10:56PM
Panoramas aren't something I know a lot about but there's a lot of distortion in this one so I hope somebody knowledgeable can help you avoid that in the future. Do make sure you stand somewhere that allows you to avoid foreground distractions like the balcony in the top-right corner.

My main question is, why were you using flash? On a sunny day like this, flash has no effect at all on anything more than a few metres from the camera. In this case, the flash has hit nothing except for the balcony, which oughtn't be there in the first place. The other thing that flash has done is confuse your camera's white balance. This is way off, and has produced a sky that's almost pure cyan — there's as much green in it as there is blue. Cameras often get white balance completely wrong when there's a lot of orange and a lot of blue in the scene. Manually selecting daylight white balance would have given much better results.

I've tried to make a white balance correction in my mod but it was impossible to get something satisfactory. It may even be that the camera was using different white balance settings for the different shots in the panorama, since the sky is much greener on the left than it is on the right. I also sharpened my mod a little.
17 Jan 2011 8:00AM
Thank you John for noticing the horrible Photoshop attempt with the colours. The picture was taken on a very grey day, so I've tried to brighten up the sky and the buildings, but obviously made a mess of it. I'm still new to Photoshop and photo graphing buildings. That also anwers DRicherby question about the flash firing. I had the camera on auto flash, so obviously with the grey skies it fired automatically. White balance was also set to auto, as a novice, I'm all at sea regarding WB settings on grey days with little light to play with. Thank you for your responses.
DRicherby 8 269 725 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2011 10:33AM
I'm confused — you say it was a grey day so was the sky added from a different photo?
17 Jan 2011 5:48PM
No, the sky belongs to this pic. I've tried to eliminate the greyness by increasing the brightness and vibrance in photoshop. It produced this torquoise blueish sky.
Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2011 9:48AM
With panoramas, it is better to try to get the camera back vertical to avoid too much distortion. Don't use too wide a lens (unless you can get the nodal point of the lens at the point of rotation!!)...better just not to use too wide a lens! And you can always take the picture with the camera in the portrait orientation and stitch the long sides together. It is even possible to do two horizontal panoramas, rotate them 90 deg and stitch them together and rotate back to get more height.

This shot: The balcony on the right is a distraction, so a couple of steps to the left would have helped, and the top of the tower has been lost. The main square is underexposed, but not bad for a first effort! My advice would be to try it at another time of day when the buildings are more favourably lit, and stitch more pictures at a less wide angle

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