My most Difficult Panorama so far. ZS19 + PSE 8. Tenmangû Shrine, Kyoto.

Started Nov 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
Erik Ohlson
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Re: With Panorama Maker 5 Pro

Cyril Catt wrote:

Eric, I had another go with Panorama Maker 5 Pro, leaving out the last (RH) frame, and straightening the shots beforehand. But it has suffered a lot of cropping

Panorama of Tenemagu Shrine stitched from 4 stills

Regarding sweep panoramas, I tend at times to take G.K. Chesterton's view "If a thing's worth doing, it's worth doing badly". So if I have little time, or if there are many moving components in the shot, and if it is horizontally wider than 90 degrees, a sweep panorama may be the best way to get the job done.

If it is less than 90 degrees wide (like your panorama appears to be) I would use my LX3 with its 18mm accessory lens, which covers 90 degrees in the 16:9 format setting. Actually, the RAW data is about 110 degrees, but correcting it to a rectangular format crops a lot of corner data that is in the RAW file. Getting the whole scene in one shot overcomes the possibility of phantom or partial subjects that can result from stitching several shots which include a moving crowd, etc., as well as overcoming the possibility that differential lighting in the component stills will yield a patchy stitched pan.

Arch of Septimius Severus, at Leptis Magna, Libya, 1 Nov. 2010 (Not sure if it survived the civil war in 2011)

As the LX3 accessory lens retains the F2.0 aperture of the LX3, it is also useful for interiors, though the ISO may have to be raised, which at 400 and above can introduce some noise. However, the LX3's limited zoom requires a complementary camera - in my case the ZS15 - to cover the longer reaches.

Cyril

Hi, Cyril,

Very thoughtful comments, but my 'philosophic' approach to this was well stated by Henry David Thoreau over 150 years ago: "Simplify, simplify, simplify.", or, in our less polite modern lingo: "Keep It Simple, Stupid." - no reference to present company I hasten to say.

I have been thinking that the "Sweep panorama" might - possibly - be useful as a reference when shooting a "real" panorama 

My maximum photo "Kit" consists of ONE camera, a tiny UltraPod in my pocket (rarely) and maybe a 72mm Polarizing filter to hold manually in front of the lens. The Clearviewer isn't an accessory, I consider it a part of the camera. The camera's duties include "Recording telescope", notebook, copier, and "looking in awkward places device" so I want a decent zoom.

Another camera at $250-300, and an accessory lens plus adaptor at something over $100 I suppose, for an image I can take with my trusty ZS19 seems to subvert that philosophy - fro ME. ("IMHO").

When I'm not going for a Panorama per se, but just a wider shot than I can take with a particular camera or situation (in this case, stepping backward into the water off of a 'floating island'), I see no distortion or other indication of stitching:

2 shots, portrait orientation, Minolta X-50 widest setting 38mm (equivalent). Lake Titicaca, Peru.

On the other hand, if you already have the LX3+adaptor lens..........

-Erik

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