Below is a panoramic landscape photo taken yesterday morning in Morris County, New Jersey. My initial photo was a single capture of the prominent yellow tree (near center of the frame). Having read recently that “the best time to shoot a vertical shot is right after shooting a horizontal one” I have started thinking that “the best time shoot a panoramic image is right after shooting a single image”. In other words… just do it!
A sweeping view of the lake’s shore shows us the gentle slopes of changing trees at Lake Ames. A distant hill is also reflected in the still water. Taken with the Tamron 14-150mm Di III All-In-One lens and Olympus PEN E-PL3 micro four thirds camera.
The above panoramic art measure over 17,000pixels of leafy goodness. Taken with the tripod mounted Tamron 14-150mm Di III All-In-One lens and the Olympus PEN E-PL3 m43 camera.
Today was not so much a photography day for me, more of a hiking day but I did take along my compact shooting equipment because… The best camera is certainly always the one you have with you. My Olympus PEN coupled with Tamron’s 14-150mm all-in-one lens easily tackled the five photos stitched below.
Five shots stitch. Taken in New Jersey with the Tamron 14-150mm Di III lens and the Olympus PEN E-PL3 micro four thirds camera.
A 52mm circular polarizing filter was used to make this image and my Manfrotto 055x ProB tripod provided the stability needed on an overcast day in shaded conditions. I didn’t find that a single photo would have done this scene justice, and it does seem that the width of my panorama gives this stone foundation “plenty of room to breathe”.
Exposure settings: 1/8 F/7.1 ISO 200
I will precurse this post with the disclosure that I have taken very few panoramas in the past which I consider successful. However, I have invested in an Acratech leveling base that now sits between my ballhead and tripod, this will offset shooting from sloped terrain.
5 image panorama taken from the parking lot of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. Taken with the Tamron 14-150mm Di III Lens and the tripod mounted Olympus PEN E-PL3 micro four thirds camera.
Exposure settings for above photo: 1/10th F/10 ISO 200. Manual focus and manual exposure utilized as necessitated. Taken with the Tamron Di III 14-150mm lens and the Olympus PEN E-PL3 m43 camera.
This five image panoramic photo succeeds where a single frames would perhaps fail in impact. There is a great range of colors and manageable dynamic range in the trees but the overcast and featureless sky is best minimized by a very expansive view. Understanding dynamic range, knowing how a camera clips shadows and highlights, and anticipating how the human eye will subsequently view the capture is essential to crafting quality photographs. What’s the shortcut to studying all of this? STUDY ALL OF THIS 🙂