Friday, May 14, 2010

Cheadle Lake Panorama

Blogger makes this image kind of tiny. My co-worker created a great panorama from the May motorcycle rally in Salem a week or so ago. It turned out pretty amazing, so he and I have been inspired to go make more panoramic photos. After a short walk at Cheadle Lake, as an after thought I fired off a series of shots and stitched them together in photoshop. I should say photoshop stitched, I just sat and watched the process.


  1. I love it...looks great when you click on to make it big.

  2. Kari:

    One thing I have noticed with panorama modes on some cameras is that they always limit your shots to the WIDE end. This is also the same with the new SONY which has scanning panorama mode. it is best to set your magnification to approx 44 mm (equiv 35mm) perspective so as to reduce the "Bowing" effect and keep your camera as horizontal as possible as wide angle views such as 25mm would look concave viewed down, or convex viewed up. Also I try to place horizontal lines on a diagonal rather than a full on frontal view

    I am not sure how smugmug works as I use Webshots or photobucket. On webshots you can select your image size for posting and also click the image for a full resolution view. with photobucket it will post as full resolution as default (unless they changed it recently) so it will displace the layout of your blog, but the photo will be large

    What I usually do is to take the sequence of photos in portrait view, rather than landscape view and take a few more due to overlap. It will give you a taller image

    some cameras do not have panorama mode so you have to set your exposure manually and keep the same settings for all the photos in the "set", otherwise it will affect colour balance.

    Wet Coast Scootin

  3. Yeah, what Bob said. Very nice Kari. Like Eve said it looks great when enlarged.

  4. Thanks Eve, :)

    Hi Bob,
    Thanks for all the info! Good food for thought for my next foray into panoramas. That's interesting about the convex/concave. I didn't know what caused it. It's quite severe on this one along the bottom.

    Portrait shots make sense for panoramas. I had to crop out a lot of the image after stitching. I wonder if that would help with the distortion at all?

    Smugmug has a similar option to what you described, but I've had trouble with it, so I haven't tried it for a while. I guessing that I'm just getting a default setting for the smaller images. I've been to lazy try and figure it out.

    Thanks Mike. :)
    I hope I get a chance to practice some more of them.