Let us add panoramas as another type of photography I need to work on. Part of the problem is setting up the camera on a level horizontal plane while using a ball head on a tripod. There really is not a default position for a ball head, so while the tripod may be level, the head is probably not. Before we go any further, this image can be seen in more clarity over on Flickr (>>here<<) and allows various levels of zoom.
I have worked on this panorama on and off over the last two evenings and I am not entirely sold on it. I know I need to eventually go back and reshoot.
(Click through the image for the 700px view)
I am also rather certain my computer was not very happy with having to work overtime. Photoshop gives my computer fits and the photomerge function did not churn out a evenly blended panorama. Hugin worked initially but then produced clutter output. PTGui initally worked but then refused to produce usable TIF images so I was forced to output to JPG.
So what is the lesson learned? From a photography perspective, instead of shooting in landscape format, images should have been shot in portrait. Yes, that would mean about twice as many shots would be needed, but there would be less lens distortion and flopping the camera to the side actually does places the ball head at a default resting point allowing more level panning.
I also may have realized when there a few photogs about 1/4 mile up the road in a more elevated position. First, that position is closer to the Bay Bridge and may actually horizontally compress the cityscape as the view is more from the side. Second, the elevation position would allow more light reflection to occur off the water.
Listing of photograph(s) from this day’s San Francisco daytrip:
- Alcatraz, Lighthouse, Chapel Windows
- Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Atrium, Elevator, Monochrome, Long Exposure
- SF Ferry Building, Bay Bridge, 49ers Colors, Long Exposure
- Alcatraz Hospital, Glass Vacoliter, Monochrome
- Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, Sunset, Seagulls
- SF Newhall Building, Terra Cotta, Uplights, Long Exposure
- Alcatraz, New Industries Building, Broken Panes
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, spot metering mode, ISO 400, 55mm, f/13, 30 sec
San Francisco Skyline, Treasure Island, Long Exposure, 3-shot Panorama. San Francisco Bay, California. January 26, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.