Panorama Photos. Lets see 'em.


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Jerry Dodrill

Sebastopol, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 29, 2008 - 12:01pm PT
There was an old thread on this but a lot of pics are missing. So lets start fresh. The stitching software has gotten a lot better in the last couple years and I'm sure I'm not the only one to get the pano-bug. So lets see them.

Sonoma Coast vineyard scene

Burney Falls


Central Park


Trad climber
Jul 29, 2008 - 12:42pm PT
Some really nice ones Jerry!

Here's a few, a couple probably have been posted before...a bit more amateur than your's though!




Trad climber
portland, or
Jul 29, 2008 - 12:47pm PT
vert. pano from/of fine jade:

vertical pano of kingfisher

Near top of ZE in Arches:


Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jul 29, 2008 - 01:19pm PT
Two from a shopping center here in LA

HDR from the Valley

Hidden Valley campground at sunset

A view of Big Bear lake from the top of Castle Rock

A couple from the apron


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jul 29, 2008 - 01:21pm PT
Great photos, folks!

Oakland: what's not to love?
Jul 29, 2008 - 03:55pm PT

All great shots, thanks for posting them.

Most impressive stitch I've seen was this one of Fine Jade, from Handsome B:

From 'The Best Splitter Cracks':
Jerry Dodrill

Sebastopol, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 29, 2008 - 04:01pm PT
Yep. That one takes it. Awesome.

Trad climber
Jul 29, 2008 - 04:52pm PT
Friend- I use this little freeware program that does it for me:

Pretty handy...

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jul 29, 2008 - 04:59pm PT
Friend, if I had to guess it looks like you had your camera set in auto and it was changing exposures slightly between shots as you panned the camera. Try using your camera in manual and set one exposure for the whole set of photos. I use Photoshop CS3 for most all of my panos. The photomerge works good enough for my needs. Also avoid using a polarizing filter when taking these kinds of photographs. The change in the sky as you pan isn't the same all the way across so you'll get unwanted effects in the sky and colors.
Jerry Dodrill

Sebastopol, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 29, 2008 - 05:11pm PT
If you get real serious about it, read about panorama image making at the Really Right Stuff site. They have great tools and ideas for how to do it "Right."

Here are some good tips though.

1. Set camera to manual exposure.

2. Turn off the auto white balance. You want all the frames to be the same color.

3. Turn off the auto focus.

4. Take off any filters, like a polarizer.

5. Make sure your tripod is dead level. If you're not using one, do some practice pans and figure out where your horizon should be throughout the pan.

6. Don't shoot too wide or you'll get a lot of lens distortion that makes blending the images more complicated/ F-ed up. However, shoot wide enough to allow for some cropping at the end.

6. Take a reading for the middle of your panorama. Adjust the exposure up or down, until you have it fine tuned.

7. Shoot left to right, overlapping frames by a third. L-R is how the stitching software thinks.

8. Double check beginning and ending exposures. Sometimes they will be way different than the middle. You might want to adjust the exposure some.

9. Do it again just in case one frame is blurry.

10. Let Photoshop Photomerge do its magic. Sometimes it nails it. If you don't like what it did you can stitch manually with layer masks and it gets really time consuming but gives the best results.

Jul 29, 2008 - 09:33pm PT
Excellent panos!

Here's a couple of my recent attempts

Jackson Lake - Grand Teton N.P.

Idaho Falls, ID - from balcony of the Red Lion (not very good - see Jerry's tips #6)


Jul 29, 2008 - 10:35pm PT
Mono Lake


Social climber
Jul 29, 2008 - 11:15pm PT
hey there all... say, you guys have don it again...

great shots! as always, i know---my computer is slow... but i will take time when i can, and see all of this...

*say... extra note... what and where, is fine jade.... i did not see the pic, but i will get back here, soon as i do some of my book-work.... but is you have some info, that would be nice....

i have a character named jade, in my books, so it might be nice to know more about FINE JADE...

thanks, all...

Social climber
Jul 29, 2008 - 11:24pm PT
hey there all.. .say, after getting to read some more of this... it seems some pics are done by peicing? for panarama?

i remember my first few trips to yosemite... i did that deal where you take your camera and try to take a full long pic of the whole view, etc, of (dont remember where i was doing this from) half dome and all the scenery to each side of it (the whole wide great view):

i then, developed and cut them out and glued them all together, oh my... and now a days, look at all this "photo works" etc... :)

also, i did get a cheap through-a-way camera once and it actually had a panamra view-lens to push and use...

i really like that... it seemed so much was wasted, on the paper-strip of the pic, though, as that was all black and unused, to make the long photo strip----and of course, it was not too big a pic, but i was so very happy to see the full-long-view...

say, thanksss for sharng, once again...

Mountain climber
Jul 29, 2008 - 11:37pm PT
>what and where, is fine jade....

neebee, see here:
Double D

Jul 29, 2008 - 11:50pm PT
Nice shots all!

Jerry, thanks for the instructions. Having been through this by trial and error, you boiled it down to a digestable deal.

My son got photoshop elements one year and I loved their basic stitching software. Most of what I ended up stitching however was for real estate and done online.

My close friend David McKay (teacher at Sierra Nevada JC in Nevada City) just published a book on the South Yuba with several pano's that were all hand stitched some were made froma as many as 14 shots, stitching both verticle and horizontal just to get the details. Way too much work for this boy!

Anyway thanks again for sharing your amazing work.

Trad climber
San Francisco
Jul 30, 2008 - 01:26am PT
Matthes Crest

Top of Higher Cathedral Spire


Ancient Art

Jerry Dodrill

Sebastopol, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 30, 2008 - 01:48am PT
Hell yeah. That's what we're talking about! Awesome. I love that shot of Matthes Crest especially. Great perspective. Keep them coming.

Hi DD. Are we going to see some of your handiwork? You made a great point there. I didn't mention that its a good idea to shoot all your frames as verticals to get more resolution. You really want to be on a tripod for that though, and set it up right. You can get crazy, shooting multiple rows of images and stitching them together, OR, you just do it with a big 6x17cm panorama camera. Those are amazing.

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 30, 2008 - 02:33am PT
Above the Cookie

Knob Hill

Lost Arrow


Super Nova wall

Mt. Whitney
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Jul 30, 2008 - 02:47am PT

Whitney Crest and frozen Iceburg lake (nightmare to stitch 15 images)

9 images of Crest Jewel and half dome (now we have better technology for putting images together)

Another Whitney

Bachar on OKelley's crack in Josh


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