[LRflex] Re: Yosemite panos plus

  • From: "William B. Abbott III" <captbilly3@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: leicareflex@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2009 22:14:10 -0800

On Mar 2, 2009, at 1:01 PM, Philippe AMARD wrote:

Nice panos Bill, very enjoyable views and superb stitching.

All honor for the stitching is due the Photoshop CS3 guys and gals. I selected "Auto" Layout and checked "Blend images together." Photoshop does a wonderful job and, apropos your comment, I went back and looked at the image enlarged to View-> Actual pixels and could not find a seam, an anomaly, or a miss anywhere.

I am now exploring the other layout modes, a couple of which are very different, and I'll post some samples soon.

My favourite is
http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/154242-3/20090227-L1092685ValleyView.jpg
It looks like - well executed - HDR.

It is an R9/DMR frame made with WB set on Auto and the camera in aperture priority, with center weighted integral metering, and then, in Lightroom 2, the WB was changed from "As shot" to "Auto." It is virtually a plain vanilla picture, almost untouched by human hands, so credit here is due to the camera firmware and Lightroom 2's implementation of dng processing. I'm afraid I haven't explored the virtues of HDR but look forward to doing so.

The first two might have gained being shot in portrait mode - maybe the crop factor of the DMR is the cause.
I  guess portrait mode will be the next step in your pano gear DIYing.

Portrait mode is on my list after I get leveling the camera under more control. It is not as easy as it might seem and I have some work to do.

All very good to excellent in any case, and another enticement for anyone to visit the place.

Years ago Marian were sitting on the porch of a cabin in Yosemite one summer evening and struck up a conversation with a gentleman who was walking by. He was English and told us that he had visited Yosemite every year for the past 16 years. That's dedication.

Thanks for sharing.

It's a pleasure.

All the best,

Bill

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