Panoramas

I have some fast, new hardware on my desk, allowing me to assemble large panoramic images and run my Nik software in a fraction of the time that it used to take. A panoramic view composed of 10 to 12 overlapping vertical images covers 160 to 180 degrees and most would print to 10 x 30 inches at 300 ppi. The images below (all from a recent visit to the Wrights Lake area, in the Sierra Nevada west of Lake Tahoe) are too small to do a large panorama justice, but slightly larger versions can be viewed on Flickr, HERE.

Twin Lakes (east of Wrights Lake), looking to the crest of the Crystal Range.

Twin Lakes, from the trail to Island Lake.

Island Lake. Time to turn around and head back to camp at Wrights Lake.

One technical note on panoramic stitching software: I haven’t tried them all, but in the past I have found that AutoPano Pro usually (not always) produces a panorama with fewer errors and better proportions than Photoshop does. Lately, I’m finding this is still the case, but that Photoshop provides very smooth blending in a clear blue sky, whereas AutoPano Pro may produce very visible banding in areas of clear sky. So for now, Photoshop is my tool of choice when blue skies (or other large areas with even gradients) are blended across multiple frames. AutoPano Pro is my preferred tool when there is enough detail and texture to prevent banding.

A cloudy morning at Wrights Lake.

Meadow at the inlet to Wrights Lake.

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About Tim Messick

Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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2 Responses to Panoramas

  1. Ciao Tim, lovely shots, thanks for all the technical details.

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