Community Challenge: Just One Photo in June

Started Jun 29, 2014 | Discussions thread
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El Matadurr
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Community Challenge: Just One Photo in June

Hello again! We are now at the halfway point of our yearlong community gallery of our best work with Sony E-mount/RX cameras! Unfamiliar with how this series works? Check out JanuaryFebruary, March, April, and May!

As the first real month of summer, June sees a major shift in many landscape opportunities. Most Spring flowers go away, temperatures heat up, and lush greenery fills our viewfinders. A sucker for trying something new (and often failing at it multiple times before getting it right), I tried getting into some panorama photography the past few weeks using the freeware Hugin program with the autopano-sift-c plugin. Whether it is creating a wide field of view (the photograph below with the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 replicating a 12mm lens), or creating high-resolution images with a shallow depth-of-field (ala Brenizer), loading multiple 24 megapixel files into a program that can automatically stitch and help correct perspective is an interesting experience.

In a perfect world where I could justify a good pano head mated with a steady tripod, these kinds of photographs would be easy---just plug them into the program and forget. But thanks to our friend parallax, a good number of attempts are foiled by not rotating the camera around the entrance pupil. Combined with the intense processing time associated with merging multiple large .TIF files, and this process can lead to much frustration.

When it works, however, it works great. This shot below is made of 8 vertical images with the NEX-7 stitched to create an 80-megapixel mosaic that could print huge if I wanted to. Downsized here for a more web-friendly 6 megapixels:

The Old Sycamore

 El Matadurr's gear list:El Matadurr's gear list
Sony Alpha NEX-7 Sony a6500 Carl Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 +1 more
Sony Alpha NEX-7
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