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Old 11-22-2008, 06:02 PM
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Some photos from our recent road trip through southern UT and Oregan--Zion National Park--Bryce Canyon and a panoramic view of the Cascades in OR
The first one look's like a great HDR. Is that what you did to achieve the great colors?
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:42 PM
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The first one look's like a great HDR. Is that what you did to achieve the great colors?
I just did a levels adjustment and some noise reduction--but when I shoot landscape I usually have the camera set to increase saturation and contrast. The photos taken at Zion were all set this way. When I did that at Bryce I ended up reducing the saturation in photoshop because it looked ridiculously saturated. I think because of the lighting at the time. It was really bright but very diffused sunlight with high thin clouds, so the colors were already very rich.
Also, when I have very strong shadows with bright sun I will expose for the brights and then do a shadows adjustment to somewhat lighten the darker areas. I don't actually know anything about HDR since I am kind of new to photography. I've been taking family photos with a little 3mp fuji but I started experimenting more when I got the Canon 20D. I really love this camera but I am still learning to use all its bells and whistles.

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Old 11-23-2008, 09:03 PM
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Another one from Groom, Tx
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:43 PM
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Frank,
I used CS3 and the first one worked like a charm but the Olympic Mts were so small and I had zoomed in on the second sweep. But when I loaded the new zoomed photos they didn't stitch smoothly together? I could do it manually and they fit fine but the auto merge and blend was pretty screwy. The zoom was identical all the way around and I used a tripod just to make sure the shots would line up. Do you have any idea why the zoomed shots would be so far off?
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:54 PM
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Could you post (or send me) the originals that you used to create the pano?

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I used CS3 and the first one worked like a charm but the Olympic Mts were so small and I had zoomed in on the second sweep. But when I loaded the new zoomed photos they didn't stitch smoothly together? I could do it manually and they fit fine but the auto merge and blend was pretty screwy. The zoom was identical all the way around and I used a tripod just to make sure the shots would line up. Do you have any idea why the zoomed shots would be so far off?
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:07 PM
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I took this photo last night. The clouds added a nice dimension to the sunset and the reflections off the water added interest. I used a telephoto lens on my Nikon D-70.
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:51 PM
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That's beautiful Phil
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:08 PM
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Swarbees,

I finally got to the images :-)
It was my fault for not noticing the small download icon...

I looked at what you shot and I noticed a couple of things:

You apparently did not overlap the shots. At least that I noticed.
This causes the software to have a hard time matching the pictures.

The overlap recommended is typically 30 to 40 percent. This will, off course, cause you to have to shoot many more pictures. That is fine since the software later will know how to handle it. The more the images overlap, the more common points will be found by the software and more common points the better the "stitch".

This is the reason why when you stitched them manually, they looked fine, but when the software tried it got all confused.

Since the scenery is so dramatic and widespread, I would try two sets of panos. The first highlighting the tall mountains on the left and another set for the mountains on the right. If you try to do all at the same time, you end up with a "hot dog" pano.

You have the horizon line approximately halfway up. Next time experiment using the "rule of thirds": compose the image so that the horizon is 1/3 of the way and the land and sky (which in this case is what you are after), taking 2/3 of the image.
If the more important element is the water/sea, then give it 2/3 and let the rest take the last 1/3

This is also one of the reasons to experiment with shooting panos vertically instead of horizontally.

It also appears that the white balance and exposure were left in "auto" mode. This will cause shifts in color and exposure from image to image. Next time try this to set them to manual so you don't get those shifts.


Let me know if you have any questions.


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I used CS3 and the first one worked like a charm but the Olympic Mts were so small and I had zoomed in on the second sweep. But when I loaded the new zoomed photos they didn't stitch smoothly together? I could do it manually and they fit fine but the auto merge and blend was pretty screwy. The zoom was identical all the way around and I used a tripod just to make sure the shots would line up. Do you have any idea why the zoomed shots would be so far off?

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Old 11-25-2008, 08:39 PM
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:11 PM
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A Dominican Sunset I finished up today, and two shots of dickin around with some old studio lights to see if they work well a few minutes ago
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