Sunday, February 10, 2013

Panoramas - A New Challenge

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The image above is an example of the types of high resolution images that I have been challenging myself with recently.  I made this specific image on the eve of the 2013 Super Bowl.  Sure the Niners lost, but at least we are still a Happy city!!! 

This specific picture is comprised of several full-frame images that have been stitched together using Adobe Photoshop.  To accomplish this,  I used a telephoto lens (Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS) attached to my tripod vertically.  With my tripod head as level as possible (the Induro BHD-2 has a small bubble level to assist with this), I start on one end of the scene and shoot a frame.  Then I rotate the tripod head horizontally, making sure to leave at least 25%-30% overlap from the previous frame, and continue this process until the entire scene has been covered.

Here are a couple of tips:

  • Set your exposure manually (shutter speed and aperture).
  • Set your focus manually.
  • Set your WB manually

If you do not, the slight differences in each frame may make it difficult to achieve a smooth-looking final image. Now go out and give it a try!


  1. Hey Joe,

    Great image as usual. I'll have to check out that stuff more.

    I have been doing some playing around with panos as well. Fun stuff. I just got myself a nodal rail to offset the camera/lens and find the nodal point. Keeping my panos single row for now.

    You can spend some crazy money on the panoheads for multi row panos and the 360's, but I am not going that route any time soon.

    Keep them coming!