Another sadistic panorama

by Stefan Fletcher April. 22, 2009 6834 views

Sorry if you have only just come back from the hospital after viewing yesterday's panorama. Here's another one: a night shot of southern Athens with the Acropolis. What looks like the ninth circle of Hell on the far right / bottom is in fact the port and city of Piraeus. Sorry, my mistake, that should be the eighth circle of Hell. It was cloudy and the sky was lowering. I couldn't resist upping the livid bruise-like purple.

Sorry as well for not catching up on my friends' posts. It's rather hectic right now, but I will take the time soon.

Apologies also to all those who have offered such wonderful comments and feedback. It really does inspire and entertain me. My life would definitely be poorer without your input.

If, however, you have anything less than constructive or amusing to add, I suggest you take another close, attentive look and don't forget to crane that neck as much as possible.

Technical notes:
Here's how I do panos with a narrow aperture (high f/ number). It doesn't work with close-up panoramas. I use a sturdy tripod and a bloody big ball head (the tripod mount on which the camera rests). I use a spirit level on the flash hot shoe to make sure the camera is level and not too much has to be cropped out afterwards. I take about 10-15 vertical shots, ensuring a 10-20% overlap. It's a good idea to take a dud shot (say your hand) to make the start and end of the sequence. Dumb, but effective. There's little point in making a 20-shot sequence, because proportions are displeasing, unless you're really into sausage photos. I use a prime lens (fixed focal length, usually a 50 mm), a remote timer and sometimes the mirror lock-up function to ensure as sharp an image as possible.
The Photoshop CS4 photostitch feature does all the magic and then I edit it in the usual way. You do need a fairly hefty computer; yesterday's original PSD file weighed in at about 450 Mb.

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Thebronzebow 11 years, 9 months ago

Quite a lot of heavy lifting! Great work. I'm enjoying the panos very much.

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Taniamindi 11 years, 9 months ago

great work!

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 11 years, 9 months ago

Sorry, I can not [url=]SAY[/url] something that will make your photo nicer our more beautiful than it is. I just like it the way it is. :o)

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Rob Tulk 11 years, 9 months ago

Wow! This is even awesomer than your last awesome panorama. Brilliant :)

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jarvo J 11 years, 9 months ago

Another great panorama. Your Japanese must be getting pretty good by now!

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Marsha 11 years, 9 months ago

Another photo for your "towels for tall people" line?

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Kecskemétiné Nelli 11 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for your special care. I really enjoy your original ideas. =)
Next time you should turn the picture in the other direction to balance occuring injuries.. ;)

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Lynda 11 years, 9 months ago

I prefer this one with it's purple cloak of night and the glow from the car headlights. Nice contrasting colours. Have to go now my neck hurts.

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Brian 11 years, 9 months ago

Very nice. I think I prefer the lighting in the previous one better. The building details can be seen much better. Still very impressive.

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Ines 11 years, 9 months ago

Great !!!
... as the last one :)))

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Netii 11 years, 9 months ago

wonderful night shot!

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jacek Wiecek 11 years, 9 months ago

great panorama !

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Peace4kidss 11 years, 9 months ago

really nice shot

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