I had forgotten all about a series of panoramic photos I took on a holiday back in January 2008.
I wanted to travel light On the holiday, so all I brought (and had in terms of a mid-range zoom) was the kit Nikon 18-70mm. No tripod either, but I felt that I needed to take some panoramic shots becaues of the expansive cities and engaging environments in a new country.
Here’s one of the Le Consulat – a famous icon in Montmartre, an arty district in Paris. We had climbed up a heap of stairs to reach the peak of a hill where the Sacre Coeur sits. We wound around the left side to some shops, and then reached the famous square where artists sell paintings and will draw portraits of you. This building is little further on past the square.
I’s a 5 image stitch done in Photoshop, and I was happy to use some of the sharpening and local contrast tips that I picked up at Christian Fletcher’s workshop.
A few months ago, we camped up in Mundaring and took a bush walk down to the dam.
It was such a beautiful day, blue skies, and the dam was so expansive. I had my camera on me, but no tripod, but wanted to somehow capture the grandeur of it all. I snapped a few series of photos that I hoped I could make into panoramas.
And so back I came and stitched them together and tried to make something of them. But I’m failing.
With this particular shot on top of the dam wall, the stitching is getting all confused by the railings and fence. In the shot above, you can see the fence on the left and right having a continuity problem. I started to manually put anchor points on, but with 10 shots or so, it was taking way too long for all the combinations! I think hand holding also meant I was not definitely not rotating around the lenses nodal point either! I was probably rotating around my torso = bad.
The harsh midday lighting isn’t doing any favours to the shot either! I know people add colours/tints afterwards for dramatic effect and to change the mood of photo, but unfortunately I haven’t quite mastered that yet. I think I will have to play a bit more with that.
So in the end – I’ve ended up with a shot that is pretty average 😦 Maybe this was one of those times where I should’ve just not taken a photo and enjoyed the scenery more.