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Kielder Water

By phototwink  
This is my first attempt at a pano, and I'd really appreciate some tips and constructive crit. I know I didn't do it properly (I just panned the tripod head, rather than having the focal plane as the pivot point), but I just wanted to see what the result would be. Tech info:
8 images, merged in CS3 Extended, auto setting
ISO100, 1/13 or 1/15 @f22 (aperture priority)
Used autofocus for 1st shot then changed to manual for remaining shots (to keep same focus for all shots), as I locked off the tilt screw on the tripod and released just the panning lock to move to each segment.
Thought f22 would be fine for all shots, but the distance elements are softer than I'd expected (should each shot have been individually focussed?). It was rather windy, which probably didn't help.
Many thanks for any comments/advice

Tags: Landscape and travel


claonaite 12 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2009 8:19PM
Hi Anne, that's certainly far better than my first attempt at a pano. The reason your pictures are soft is that diffraction starts to add significant blur after f16 (in fact, it can already be quite bad by then).

You locked the focus (good). Did you lock the exposure as well? If you let it automatically recalculate the exposure for each frame, then you can end up with banding problems. I can't see that here though (it's just you mention 2 shutter speeds but didn't mention manual exposure).


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phototwink 13 18 3 Scotland
14 Apr 2009 8:37PM
Thanks for taking the time, David - much appreciated. No, I didn't do anything with the exposure - it automatically chose the shutter speed for f22 on each shot which is why I ended up with 2 different shutter speeds. I'll have another go with larger aperture, and see if that helps. Thanks again.
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4045 Canada
14 Apr 2009 9:33PM
HI Anne, - I havent ever done a pano, this one looks very good to me considering you did not use a pano head, but theres some basics you should be aware of to address the issue you identified.

Davids advice is something to keep in mid for one; also, you did not mention where you focused in the image (front to back), - did you focus on infinity, or closer? I would not advise to use AF at all, - use manual, focus about 1/3 into the image, use f/16, and do not change anything in the subsequent shots. In addition, - if the image you loaded here is softer than the original image, - then you just need to sharpen after you re size the image.

Hope this helps,


phader 10 16 3 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2009 12:04AM
Nothing technical to say, but to my mind there's a nice interplay between the curvy fence (bottom left) and the curvy cloud formation (top right)... I like it, but I wonder if it makes the image look slightly stretched/twisted!?
I also wonder if you need the far right of the pic (which looks slightly darker here) or not...
Fab panorama though!!
Rock Plus
17 10 2 England
15 Apr 2009 8:13AM
This is a very good shot !

phototwink 13 18 3 Scotland
15 Apr 2009 8:55AM
Thanks Willie - will definitely go for Manual Everything for the next attempt (am annoyed I didn't think to do that in the first place!). The original shows similar softness to the upload, so it sounds as if it's probably the f22, and the haze, causing that. Haven't noticed this prob before, but haven't taken many so distant landscapes before. The sensor plane on the E500 would appear to be directly over the centre of the tripod head, which obviously helped with the perspective.
Thanks phader and Rock for your comments, too. The sun had gone in by the time I got round to the right-hand side - will try lightening it a bit! Just wanted to go from one end of the Water to the other. The curvy bits do add some dynamics!
Thanks all for taking the time to comment

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