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« on: April 17, 2007, 10:33:38 AM »

Dear all,

I could finally find time to put together 2 panos shot in China last year:




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Bernard
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2007, 11:28:35 AM »

Breathtaking, Bernard!

I keep reading about all the fuss and gyrations that people go through to make panos, and I say to myself "Not worth the trouble." And then you show some of yours, and my appetite is whetted again.

Beautiful, as always.

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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2007, 12:37:32 PM »

Hi Bernard,
Both are stunning but I like the vertical a lot - it's quite uncommon to see vertical panos.
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2007, 01:31:13 PM »

The second one is definitively my favorite, I Find the vertical pano very original.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2007, 03:54:59 PM »

Beautiful work, as always.

Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2007, 06:33:28 PM »

Thanks a lot gentlemen.

Yep, panos are a pain to shoot, but the results can be nice.

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Bernard
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2007, 07:12:36 PM »

Bernard,
Lovely, clear shots taken at the right time of day for beautiful lighting. However, you'd need a big wall to hang such prints of a sufficiently large size to fully appreciate the fine detail. Are you selling prints like these?

The horizontal pano looks as though it's comprised of 5 or 6 images with camera vertical, or maybe 2 or 3 images with camera horizontal. Which?

Were there any problems stitching these or did the fully automatic modes of PTGui handle it easily?

Now I've seen what a perfect job can be done by programs such as Autopano and CS3 Photomerge with 3 or 4 images (sometimes, anyway), I intend experimenting more with handheld shots to get an idea of what sort of images can be automatically stitched. Having to set up a tripod, assuming one is carrying a tripod, can be a pain. Lightweight ballheads don't seem useful in my experience.
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2007, 07:30:51 PM »

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Lovely, clear shots taken at the right time of day for beautiful lighting. However, you'd need a big wall to hang such prints of a sufficiently large size to fully appreciate the fine detail. Are you selling prints like these?

The horizontal pano looks as though it's comprised of 5 or 6 images with camera vertical, or maybe 2 or 3 images with camera horizontal. Which?

Were there any problems stitching these or did the fully automatic modes of PTGui handle it easily?

Now I've seen what a perfect job can be done by programs such as Autopano and CS3 Photomerge with 3 or 4 images (sometimes, anyway), I intend experimenting more with handheld shots to get an idea of what sort of images can be automatically stitched. Having to set up a tripod, assuming one is carrying a tripod, can be a pain. Lightweight ballheads don't seem useful in my experience.
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Ray,

Some answers for you:

- horizontal pano is 7 shots, vertical is 4 shots + extra images for DR,
- PTgui could handle these in fully automated mode with an average error or .4 pixel after getting rid of a few stray points.

There were some problems with the first pano resulting from the fact that the original sequence of images couldn't be used. The second image was blurred for some reason. I had to bring in another one from a different sequence, which made things a bit more complex to have a seamless stitch in the sky. PTgui isn't at fault though, I am the culprit,
- this was shot with an RRS ultimate Pro pano package on top of an RRS BH-40 ball head on top of Markins base on top of a Gitzo 1257 carbon tripod.

The RRS stuff works perfect for light lenses on the D2x, but is lacking rigidity for when using the 70-200 f2.8, which - together with pretty strong winds - caused the problem described above.

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Bernard
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2007, 07:59:47 PM »

I take it, Bernard, that you do not have the beta version of CS3 to experiment with?
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2007, 08:20:52 PM »

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Ray,

I have downloaded it, but never actually bothered installing it.

Honnestly, PTgui meets my needs perfectly, pano software is clearly not the area of my workflow where I intend to spend time these days. Sorry about that.

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Bernard
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2007, 09:53:55 PM »

one question about lens use.
did you shot the vertical pano with the 70-200/f.8?
and given the strong wind and lack of rigidity that you described, would it help to turn VR on?
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2007, 11:57:15 PM »

Just WOW - thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2007, 09:12:15 AM »

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Both are lovely, but the second (vertical) is my favorite.  The light and shadow just pull you into the image.

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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2007, 09:51:05 PM »

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Both are lovely, but the second (vertical) is my favorite.  The light and shadow just pull you into the image.

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Thanks a lot Diane.

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Bernard
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« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2007, 08:46:26 AM »

While both are nice images, I definitely prefer the vertical one. Aside from vertical panos being less commom (know only one local photog specializing in that), the few trees in the foreground really make shots of this kind (vertical or horizontal). They stand out against darker foliage and rocks, and add scale and depth. Scattered along the bottom, these trees add anchor points at the right, center and left, and balance out the more prominent ridge running in the middle and the snowy peak at the top right. I think I'm saying that I really like the composition.

I won't worry about needing space to hang panos. These days, many in the US are tearing down their perfectly fine homes and replacing them with huge mansions. Come to think of it, can it be that they have panos to hang?
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« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2007, 12:24:52 AM »

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While both are nice images, I definitely prefer the vertical one. Aside from vertical panos being less commom (know only one local photog specializing in that), the few trees in the foreground really make shots of this kind (vertical or horizontal). They stand out against darker foliage and rocks, and add scale and depth. Scattered along the bottom, these trees add anchor points at the right, center and left, and balance out the more prominent ridge running in the middle and the snowy peak at the top right. I think I'm saying that I really like the composition.

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Thanks a lot Chris.

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Bernard
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