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Old Nov 18, 2009, 1:07 PM   #1
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Default HDR and Panorama: Do they mix well...?

Last sunday I was kind of miserable because I hadn't taken one single shot all week, due to the bad weather - all rain and no shine!

But, just as it couldn'y get no worse, I noticed the sky cleared slightly, way out to the west. Realizing this could just be a 'window' in the lowweather-front, I jumped into the car and drove off, against the light patch in the clouds...

Fortunately, it really cleared up for a while, big chunks of heavy clouds flying by as I drove towards a small fishing-village out in the Skerries. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skerry


Once in place, I had the opportunity to just set up my tripod, make a few shots befor the weather turned sour again, an hour later...


Cought this panoramashot, comprising of 2 exposures, side-by-side, with the settling sun painting the whole scene in pinkish colors:



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One of my favorite spots.
And if you look closely, the small red barn (you can just see the facing red gable, white ring on the wall) to the left in this picture, is the 'big' red barn on the right, in the Panorama-picture on top.

I hope you like it as much as I do (with the exceptions of Bynx, of course, he prefers the wood to a clean seascape) and if you ever come my way I'll show you this place from my own boat - if you have the stomach for it!


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Old Nov 18, 2009, 3:01 PM   #2
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IMO, Panoramas and HDR definitely mix well with eachother.

Your shots are #1 is very beautiful
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Hey I like this. Its not exactly a seascape. There lots of things to look at besides water. Like boats, and red buildings, hills and rocks, grass and small bonsai trees growing out of the rocks. Ya I like it fine.
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Old Nov 19, 2009, 1:30 PM   #4
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Thank you both for kind words, Acapulco and Bynx:

I do have a 3-stitch panorama of the same scene, as well:

For those who are interested, the HDR in post #1 has been rendered in Photomatix Pro, while the 3-stitch below was done in Dynamic-Photo HDR.



And here we have a 3-exposure stitch (involving no less than 9 exposures alltoghether, beeing a HDR).


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The stitching-software I used was: ArcSoft Panorama Maker 4 (version 4.2.59).
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Humiliatingly beautiful.
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Old Nov 19, 2009, 2:39 PM   #6
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Absolutely gorgeous, Walter. The Photomatrix Pro shots have more punch and color rendering...even a 3D feel. Just beautiful.
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Walter S,

There are absolutely beautiful. I am about to jump in with HDR - did you HDR first, then stitch the pano?
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Humiliatingly beautiful.
You are too kind, Ordo - but I appreciate it all the same!


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...The Photomatrix Pro shots have more punch and color rendering...even a 3D feel. Just beautiful.
Thank you Walter_C!
For what it's worth - The Photomatix-one has more punch - yes, but also generates some noise in the water, while Dynamic-Photo has a far smoother watersurface. You win some - you loose some....that's life, isn't It?


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...did you HDR first, then stitch the pano?
Thank you for your kind words, paniolo!

Yes, you will have to do the HDR first, and then stitch - It wouldn't work, the other way round.

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Well done.....
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Thank you - jeephotog!

I appreciate you taking your time to comment!
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