Posts Tagged ‘panorama’

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

23046 - 2009-05-13 kl 20.03

22560-22562 - HDR

24154-24160 - Panorama

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.

23492 - 2009-06-07 kl 17.26

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

Friday, May 29th 2009

Ordered Some Panoramas

Today Jenny and I finally got round to sending some panoramas off for printing from Crimson. We already bought a panorama frame from IKEA (88 x 30 cm, or roughly 35″ x 12″), but haven’t had anything to put in it so far.

Screenshot of Crimson.se poster service options.

Since the printing place doesn’t do 88 x 30 cm, we stuck two panoramas in one image and had it printed at 100 x 70 cm. Plus a small one along the edge as a bonus. Obviously we’ll have to cut them out ourselves.

We’re thinking of sticking one of the large ones above our chest the drawers in our bedroom. Which one remains to be agreed on, with me voting for Paris and Jenny voting for Visby. We’ll probably end up getting a second frame and putting it above the bed …

Friday, April 17th 2009

Panorama of The Eiffel Tower

On day four of our Paris trip we went to Tour Montparnasse in the evening. We specifically went there to take photos for a panorama of Paris with the Eiffel Tower, to hang in our bedroom.

All in all we took five different panoramas at different times during the evening. This one is our favourite:

Panorama of Paris and the Eiffel Tower, Eiffeltornet

We will probably need to crop it for it to fit in our 30×88 cm frame though.

You can see it in full resolution at Gigapan.

Friday, February 20th 2009

Tempted

I just checked how big a print I could get of my recent Stockholm panorama from Crimson.se. Turns out they can make anything up to 3 meters.

Screenshot of Crimson.se

A 165 x 58 cm, 200 dpi print would cost just under 500 SEK (about $56 at the moment). Quite tempting actually.

Now if only we had a big enough wall to put it on …

If there’s anyone in Stockholm (or anywhere else for that matter) who does have a huge empty wall and would like to have this on it I’d happily sell them one for 1000 SEK. Obviously you could have a smaller one if you want …

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.