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Dave (Isle of Skye)

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18 image stitched and blended pano
« on: September 16, 2011, 05:29:58 AM »

Hi all,

This image on my HDD, is well over a 1gb in size and is a pano stitch of 18 images (yes I went a bit mad there didn't I?). I imagine it would print out at something like 3 meters in length. It is a picture I took while walking in a British Park in late spring a few years ago and I had totally forgotten about it until I found it again. It had just stopped raining and the sun was trying to come out. I set up the shot, put everything into manual, set the DoF and fired away.

I remember it was a nightmare stitching it together on my old computer through CS3, it was very difficult to do and took many hours of processing time.

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Re: 18 image stitched and blended pano
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2011, 08:23:59 AM »

Nice shot and concept. Were those all vertical shots or were there two levels of horizontals?
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Re: 18 image stitched and blended pano
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2011, 08:51:44 AM »

Nice shot and concept. Were those all vertical shots or were there two levels of horizontals?

6 vertical sets of 3 brackets at +/- 1.5 stops.

Glad you liked it.

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Re: 18 image stitched and blended pano
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2011, 10:28:04 AM »

Sorry I'm so dense this morning. Was it 6 vertical shots like this?: OOOOOO

If so did you choose from all the +/- exposures as you stitched those 6 together?
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Re: 18 image stitched and blended pano
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2011, 12:16:14 PM »

Delightful capture!

Re the number of frames, often times I’ll make enough exposures to produce an HDR pano, but end up using only the exposure series for the shadows. When I go the minimal route, I sometimes use a multiply layer for any blown highlights but it usually works okay. If not, i can always redo as HDR. Even given that i don't always use the "extra" exposures, i fugre it’s better to have it and not need it than the other way around.

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Re: 18 image stitched and blended pano
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2011, 02:53:20 PM »

Beautifully done - thanks for sharing!

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Re: 18 image stitched and blended pano
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2011, 06:57:14 PM »

That is really pretty.


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Re: 18 image stitched and blended pano
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2011, 07:51:32 PM »

Dreamlike. Very nice.
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Re: 18 image stitched and blended pano
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2011, 04:27:37 AM »

Hi Dave,

This park looks beautiful, where is it in England?

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Re: 18 image stitched and blended pano
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2011, 09:07:55 AM »

A pleasant photo Dave, easy to look at!
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Re: 18 image stitched and blended pano
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2011, 02:18:39 AM »

Very nice, I like it very much.
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Re: 18 image stitched and blended pano
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2011, 07:22:56 PM »

Very nice result indeed.

I suggest you try to do the same pano work with a trial version of Autopano pro (www.kolor.com).

It is likely to be able to deliver a very similar result in less than 10 minutes end to end with less than 10 mouse clicks in between. :)

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Re: 18 image stitched and blended pano
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2011, 07:13:23 AM »

Hi Dave,

This park looks beautiful, where is it in England?

Jason

This is the garden/park, it is not free to get in I am afraid, but is well worth a visit in mid to late spring and when everything is in full bloom - when you go down into the garden, there is a cut through a hedge to the right, this will get you to where I took the image of the line of trees and the path, at the end of the path and not easy to see in the small image version shown here, but you can on screen or when it is printed, is a set of beautiful wrought iron gates with gold orbs on top - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-biddulphgrangegarden.htm

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Re: 18 image stitched and blended pano
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2011, 07:18:50 AM »

Sorry I'm so dense this morning. Was it 6 vertical shots like this?: OOOOOO

If so did you choose from all the +/- exposures as you stitched those 6 together?

Sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you, I have been on a course for work and very good it was too (unusually).

Yes the verticals were shot like this with brackets 1, then 2 then 3 and so on.

1  2  3  4  5  6
[] [] [] [] [] [] +/- 0   stitched to become image neutral
[] [] [] [] [] [] - 1.5   stitched to become image dark
[] [] [] [] [] [] + 1.5    stitched to become image light

but  then each bracket was overlapped about a third with the previous bracket etc. Then I stitched each horizontal set of images, so I ended up with a neutral +/- 0 image, a darker -1.5 image and a lighter +1.5 image. I then loaded them into PS through load images as a stack script. Then I highlighted the three layers and ran it through the align layers process. I might also add I was saving after each of these operations, as CS3 and my old XP PC had a tendency to crash a lot when working with this size of image and just when you did not want it too.

I then manually blended the three resulting layers with a variety of masking techniques I have developed.

Hope this helps.

Dave (UK)


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Re: 18 image stitched and blended pano
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2011, 07:44:17 AM »

Very nice result indeed.

I suggest you try to do the same pano work with a trial version of Autopano pro (www.kolor.com).

It is likely to be able to deliver a very similar result in less than 10 minutes end to end with less than 10 mouse clicks in between. :)

Cheers,
Bernard


Thanks Bernard, I am sure it is a great bit of kit, but I must be a real glutten for punishemnt, as I prefer to do it all by hand I am afraid, but thanks again and certainly worth a look.

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Re: 18 image stitched and blended pano
« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2011, 05:51:37 AM »

Thanks Bernard, I am sure it is a great bit of kit, but I must be a real glutten for punishemnt, as I prefer to do it all by hand I am afraid, but thanks again and certainly worth a look.

Dave,

There are too few artisans left in this world, that is a brave approach indeed.

Do you mean that you are not even using the stitching capability of PS?

Cheers,
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