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Old November 12th, 2006, 12:09 PM
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excellent composition

Hey Andy - nice work. This is an excellent example of how to compose a panorama with an extreme FOV (290 degrees). The image is well balanced and the conversion to B&W creates an interesting nostalgic feel.
A bit of tweaking and this would be an excellent image worthy of hanging in a gallery.


Couple tips on the re-shoot:
* Lock your exposure - it appears you did here but it's an issue many neglect to consider. The best f stop is usually f8 and when locking the exposure it's best to do so at the brightest part of the environment.
* Lock your focus or set to manual focus - looks like one shot refocused one you.
* Don't use a polarizer filter - I might guess the variance in exposure may be due to the use of polarizer filter which you don't want to use when creating panoramas.
* Use a panoramic tripod head (pano head). Correctly using a pano head will ensure a parallax free image. An image shot without parallax error will ensure smooth and even stitching. There are many pano heads on the market from $79 to well over $1000 - you need to find the one that best suits your needs.

Advanced techniques:
* Bracket your shots. This is also known has HDR (high dynamic range) photography. The idea here is to shot each image 3 times with one shot slightly underexposed and one shot slightly over exposed. Then stacking the images and editing the areas that need more light and those that need less light. Some will even bracket times or more with each image. Interiors are more sensitive as normally windows will be over exposed and shadows underexposed.
* Use more overlap between images. Typically 30% will suffice but you could use as much as 50%. The more overlap the better the stitching ability and matching up of control points (similiar points between images). Healthy overlap tends to use more of the "sweet spot" of a lens as well.

With your obvious talent in photography you are probably well aware of many of these aspects so these comments are also directed to the less initiated.

Panoramic photography can be a fun aspect to shooting images as you have shown here.
It can be as complex as several hundred images of particular scene (mosaics) to full 360x180 degree spherical panoramas. Or with a 5 mega pixel camera you can turn a landscape image into a 25 mega pixel image by shooting 5 sequential shots of a scene.
Well Done!

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Old November 17th, 2006, 05:48 AM
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Thanks again all!

Bill,

Thanks for the great comments and advice!

I just need Nodal Ninja to do a product that will work with the 350/400 and a battery pack!

I have posted some more pano shots in the last couple of days, I think that I am definitely addicted!

I haven't got as far as bracketing every shot but I think my technique is actually improving though. Great advice here and thanks again!

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Old November 21st, 2006, 02:08 PM
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How did you do that? That is really really cool! Where is this Cromer Pier...is it in England?
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