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Unread postby DuQues » Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:28 pm

As most of the photo's feature animals a lot of the beauty of Kruger is forgotten, so I thought to open with other pic's.
Here is one that might put you right back in Kruger: Lower Sabie river view. (~300 Kb)
It's a panoramic photo, so way bigger then admin will allow, which is why it opens in a new window.

Stupid of me not to make more pano's :oops:
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Unread postby bwana » Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:49 pm

DuQues I've never really experimented with landscape photography. That picture certainly makes me want to. Are you using photoshop to stitch the pictures?
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Unread postby DuQues » Fri Feb 04, 2005 3:01 pm

It's 7 pictures stiched together with Photoshop CS. Could have done it with 2 less.
No tripod used, just put down the cam on the cabins wall. (Which is why you see a bit of the wall in the lefthand corner)
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Unread postby DuQues » Thu Mar 02, 2006 3:28 pm

This topic is meant to get you to take panoramic photo's. And to post them of course... These photo's give a far better impression of the beatifull surroundings in the Parks than "normal" photo's do.

Thus far I know of exactly two samples, this one by Dinkybird:
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The view from the lookout at Olifants camp.

And this one by me:
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The view from Lower Sabie (riverside)
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Unread postby arks » Thu Mar 02, 2006 4:42 pm

Is this done by digital "stitching", DQ? I haven't gotten anywhere near to even reading my camera's instructions about that, much less mastering the art :lol: . But I do often take a series of pix from left to right of a scene to show with a series of pix the "big view". Will be really neat to be able to stitch these shots together — tho I may need to ask for your help :redface: :whistle:
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Unread postby DuQues » Thu Mar 02, 2006 4:45 pm

I used the Photomerge (under File / Automate) function of Photoshop for these two.
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Unread postby bert » Thu Mar 02, 2006 4:47 pm

DuQues wrote:I used the Photomerge (under File / Automate) function of Photoshop for these two.

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Unread postby DuQues » Thu Mar 02, 2006 5:04 pm

Here are a few guidelines for taking good pictures for use in a panorama.

- It's important to have a single point of reference for the set. Don't walk around between photos.
- Try to keep the lighting consistent. Don't turn the flash on for some pictures and off for others, or turn off lights in the room. So if you make your first exposure at f/8 and 1/125 of a second, take them all using those settings. Yes, you will have to put your camera into manual mode. Otherwise, you run the risk of having radically different exposures for your images. For example, if you're panning over a landscape that contains water, like a lake, any sunlight reflected off the water may make your camera take a shorter exposure than for the other frames in your sequence. Setting your camera to manual mode will prevent that.
- Keep the camera steady. Nothing disappoints you like finishing a merge and realizing that the second picture was blurry.
- Keep the camera steady. If you tilt the camera too much between shots, it's hard to match up the pictures. Consider using a tripod or a monopod!

Whenever you focus your lens there will be an area that is in focus and areas that are out of focus. The in focus area is referred to as the "focal plane".
The import thing here is that 1/3rd of the focal plane is ahead of the thing you're focused on and 2/3rds of the focal plane falls behind what you're focused on.
Focus your lens at infinity and the leading edge of the area that is in focus is the hyperfocal point for that lens.
Focus on that point instead of infinity and you'll have the greatest range of focus from infinity back toward your location.
And now how do I find that point? Well, you can use these charts to simply look them up:

Canon EOS 1Ds MarkII, EOS 1Ds, EOS 5D
Canon EOS 1D MarkII N, EOS 1D MarkII, EOS 1D
EOS 30D, EOS 20D, EOS 10D, EOS 350D, EOS 300D and
Nikon D1H, D1X, D2H, D2Hs, D2X, D50, D70, D70s, D100, D200
These tables are compiled and courtesy of James Tyson. Do visit his website!
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Unread postby Jay » Thu Mar 02, 2006 8:44 pm

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these are taken with a Fujifilm panoramic camera, the first there is no prize for guessing where and the 2nd is a bit further up the river.

I hav'n't tried taking panoramic pics with the digital yet, but soon.

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Unread postby madach » Fri Mar 03, 2006 12:22 am

Hmmz, sorry I just noticed this thread :redface:

I posted a panorama shot of Lanner Gorge about 10 minutes ago in this thread. Feel free to sweep that thread into this one.

Edit by DQ: Why sweep when copy & paste works fine?
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