Sunday, September 16, 2007
My First Ever Panorama
You'll definitely have to click and enlarge this one.
I've always wanted to try my hand at doing a panorama.
Yesterday, with camera and tripod in tow, I headed for the beach. I listened to college football on the radio.
It was a tug of war because I like watching American football (college), but really wanted to get out and about after our usual afternoon Florida thunderstorms.
So I listened to the University of Central Florida come within a hair of beating the University of Texas, and also heard University of Florida totally shellac the University of Tennessee.
AND, I got to take a bunch of pictures. I ended up taking well over 200, but probably 80 of those were sequenced shots to attempt to stitch into panoramas.
The one I put on here today was the one that I liked best.
This is the beach at one of our favorite parks here on the Atlantic. The surf was really mild, almost like the Gulf of Mexico. The water had a gorgeous light green color in close, but you can't really tell that in this panorama.
Anyway, thanks to Photoshop Element's photomerge feature, and then a little touching up by your's truly to make the transitions between photos look smoother, I ended up with something I really love.
I can't remember for sure, but I think this was a stitching together of nine horizontal shots, taking in a full 180degrees of beach, from looking left to looking right.
It captures a bit of the feel of walking down the stairs to the beach, and standing there, gazing left and right to take in the scenery.
Hope y'all like it as much as I do. There'll be a few more in the future.
P.S. My new Slik 700DX tripod that I bought a couple of months ago is a dream. It's big, heavy, and solid as a rock. I took my time with it and carefully used the built-in bubble levels to make the series of shots as careful as I could.