Posts Tagged ‘Autostitch’

Sunday, April 25th 2010

Eskilstuna panorama – again

Was driving home through Eskilstuna centre yesterday and caught sight of this scene lit by the evening sun. Just had to stop and have another go at a panorama.

Panorama of buildings by the Eskilstuna river, Eskilstunaån.

Seven vertical shots, all at 1/125 sec, f/8 and ISO 200. I could have done this with only six shots though, since I’ve cropped both the ends off.

The full size image could make a 125×50 cm print @ 180 dpi.

Friday, April 9th 2010

Panoramas of Eskilstuna

Well, the title is perhaps a little misleading. Panoramas in or from Eskilstuna might be more correct.

I was inspired a few days ago by a blog post I saw somewhere … I can’t find it now though. Someone who had shot a panorama of Gamla Staden in Eskilstuna. So I decided to try the same thing.

Today was rainy, but then suddenly the clouds broke. Just before sundown, so the timing was perfect. I dropped everything and grabbed my camera bag.

Here’s what I came home with … Nothing spectacular really, but I had fun all the same. Click for larger 1800px versions.

Panorama of Norr, Eskilstuna and Eskilstunaån.

Norr.

Panorama of Gamla staden, Eskilstuna and Eskilstunaån.

Gamla Staden.

Panorama of Klosters kyrka and Stadsparken, Eskilstuna and Eskilstunaån.

Klosters kyrka.

Panorama of Strömsholmen, Eskilstuna and Eskilstunaån.

Strömsholmen.

Wednesday, February 17th 2010

My Three Best Photos 2009

I was leafing through my photos in Lightroom, rating all the ones I hadn’t rated during the last year.

Rating photos is really hard! Well, that’s food for a whole post on its own.

Anyway, this gave me the idea to try and find my three very best shots from 2009. Having gone through all the photos and starred them from 1 to 5, I had at least narrowed down the choice to 44 five star photos.

My three favourites are all composites of several exposures. They were all taken using a tripod. Two were shot in very familiar surroundings.

Eiffel Tower panorama

This panorama of the Eiffel Tower is, in my eyes, easily the winner. Even though it is quite probably the worlds’ most photographed object.

Panorama of the Eiffel Tower

The Flickr 1024 pixel size doesn’t really do it justice, so if you have a large screen you can see it 1800 pixels wide here.

It might even be my best photo ever. I really like the blue light in the sky and how it mixes with the orange glow of the city. I guess part of it is also being happy that my planning and lugging around my tripod actually paid off. 🙂

I took the panorama from the top of Tour Montparnasse, which I highly recommend if you’re visiting Paris. You get an arguably better view than from the Eiffel Tower itself, and only have to battle a fraction of the number of people.

This is a slight crop from a panorama made of nine vertical shots stitched together using Autostitch. I have bumped the colours and contrast slightly.

Dandelions at sundown

The second shot is this tonemapped image from a field by Kronskogen here in Eskilstuna.

HDR dandelion in sunset

I really like the green colour of the grass and the glow from the sun. The out of focus oak in the background also adds to the score.

I took this using my Gorillapod, which is great for getting low angle views like this.

Vaksala Church/Jan Jansson’s family grave

This third shot, of Vaksala church and churchyard in Uppsala, has a lot similarities with the previous one even though it is taken in the middle of winter. This is also tonemapped, and taken from a low angle using my Gorillapod. It also has a low sun in the background.

HDR of Vaksala Church, Jan Janssons family grave

Here I like the bare trees, the grave stone, the cold blue sky and the low sun rays on the frost.

Conclusion

This was really fun! If you like taking photos, I really encourage you to have a go at finding your three/five/ten best photos from last year. It really gives your ego a boost! 🙂

Do post a link in the comments if you do!

Runners up

Here are some more shots I considered:

24723-24725 - HDR

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22560-22562 - HDR

24154-24160 - Panorama

Wednesday, August 19th 2009

Summer photos from Jämtland

I’m finally back from a long and great summer holiday. I’ve had close to seven weeks off work. One week was spent in Jämtland with Jenny’s mum, visiting the places she grew up.

Jämtland turned out to be quite a pretty place. We did a few hikes, two of which took us to the tops of some mountains. (1100-1200 meters high, so nothing very extreme.)

Here are some of the photos from our Jämtland visit:

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24004-24006 - HDR

Sunne kyrkoruin.(Triple exposure, handheld HDR.)

24115 - 2009-07-28 kl 13.07

View of lake Storsjön from mountain Drommen.

24372-24374 - HDR

Pool of water near the top of Österfjället. It looks smaller than it really is. Can you spot my brother-in-law? (Triple exposure HDR, using my Gorillapod.)

24359-24361 - HDR

1200 meters above sea level. Apparently you’re supposed to bring a rock from the bottom of the mountain to put on top of this stone … thing. (Used my Gorillapod for this one too.)

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No shortage of trees in Jämtland. I took this photo as part of the panorama below:

24154-24160 - Panorama

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While the tops of the mountains were very bare, they could be quite green and lush further down.

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We went fishing one day and caught a small brown trout in this small forest lake.

24381-24383 - HDR

This was also on Österfjället … these photos seem to have ended up a bit jumbled.

24615-24620 - Panorama

This was … somewhere. No idea. Five vertical shots stitched together using Autostitch.

Wednesday, June 10th 2009

Visby Panorama Framed

Well, I let Jenny decide which of the panoramas we would frame first, so it was the Visby one.

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17464-17469 - panorama

For the print I cloned out the slight shadow along the flag pole to the right.

Now we just need to get a second frame so we can hang this one too:

22310-22320 - panorama

Wednesday, June 10th 2009

Bokeh Panorama Attempt

I read here about an interesting technique which I hereby rename as the Bokeh Panorama Technique.

It entails shooting several photos at a longer focal length and stitching them together to give the effect of a shorter focal length with very large aperture.

Here’s my first, rather useless attempt. (Don’t look to closely.) I just went out into the garden to shoot this, couldn’t be bothered to find anything more interesting.

23461-23481 - bokeh-pano

Here’s one of the better shots I’ve seen made this way. Here’s another one.

To stitch the photos together I use Autostitch which is about as good as it gets, for free or for money.

Since you’re not really doing this for the resolution, it’s a good idea to choose a smaller JPEG size in your camera. That way you save quite a bit of time in the stitching and get a more manageable file size at the end.

Also, you’ll want to do this in manual mode and with manual focus for consistency between the shots.

Sunday, February 15th 2009

Making panoramas with Autostitch

Yesterday I went to Stockholm for a photowalk around sunset. I had decided on a few places to go to get a couple of different views I wanted.

Specifically, I wanted to get a view of Kungsholmen from Söder Mälarstrand, Södermalm from Centralbron and Gamla stan from Katarinahissen.

I took the underground train to Zinkensdamm and walked up on Skinnarviksberget. From there there was a great view of Kungsholmen and Gamla stan. I took seven shots for a panorama.

I merged the shots using Autostitch. First I tried using the Photomerge feature in Photoshop, but that was useless and kept leaving several visible, blurry seams. So I went hunting on the web and found Autostitch which is free and much better at finding the overlaps.

The only thing you need to do before you give it the photos for merging is to change the output scale to 100% (otherwise you get a tiny panorama) and set the JPEG quality to 100% (the default of 75 is useless). These settings can be found under Edit -> [Options] and sadly, they need to be set every time you start the program.

I recently read in a photo magazine that you should take vertical shots for panoramas, for higher vertical resolution I guess. My seven shots gave an output of 11,745 x 3,307 pixels, or 39 megapixels. That should make a decent print.

I’ll follow up with more shots from Stockholm.