Panoramas

There is a lot of information on the internet that tells how to make panoramic images. Try it; you may like it.

Last week at Skyline Drive (Shenandoah NP) I made one of my rare (3 total) panoramas. It consists of 12 images covering a bit less than 180 degrees – wanted lots of overlap to aid the stitching program in putting this together (camera was oriented vertically).  Manual settings for everything (focus, exposure, white balance) and a tripod are the keys. Put any setting on auto and you’ll end up with each image having slightly different exposure and/or WB. This will result in a final image that looks like a bunch of individual stitched images and not a seamless whole.

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The first image below is last week’s 12 image panorama looking east over the Virginia Piedmont from the Buck Hollow overlook on Skyline Drive shortly after sunrise. The image below it is my first panorama – a 7 image panorama made in the Grand Tetons NP in 2007 (camera was horizontal). Click to enlarge.

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If you like weird & unusual check out this version. I stumbled across this when the blog’s formatting did me a “favor” in terms of fitting the panorama to the page – It compressed the image width by a factor of about 5 but left the height unchanged. Wow that’s interesting, I thought. Maybe a picture of the scene eons ago when the Blue Ridge mountains were youngsters. Like something from Tolkien or a sci-fi movie. It definitely solves the problem of finding wall space suitable for a panorama 😉

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I plan to do a personal project making panoramas in Shenandoah National Park over the next year (I’m a volunteer photographer with the national park service). Panoramas and Skyline Drive are almost synonymous although display space may be a problem. Maybe a slide show for the visitor’s center using the Ken Burns horizontal scroll effect? Or maybe the compressed width version 😉