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Old May 3, 2006, 3:45 AM   #1
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I took these shots while backpacking through Europe in 2004.

All the images were taken handheld since I did not have a tripod (limited space and weight)

The mountains are in the Tatra mountains in south Poland. That is actually a 360 degreee stitch. Had to do quite a bit of post processing but it turned out fine.

I had that one printed on vinyl. It's 12"x66"

The other two are of Trafalgar Square in London, and the business district of Paris.
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Very nice! The Paris scene is great!
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I really like these panos!!

Good job:-)
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Thanks for the positive comments. I've just purchased a manfrotto pano head, and as soon as I have some free time I'll put something together and post.

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Old May 4, 2006, 11:54 AM   #7
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the first one is the best

the other 2 show limitations of autostitching software with ghosts at the joins and offset cracks in the floor.

doing close up city scenes means a wider angle lens what gives more distortion to the image, as i have found out trying to do them, i do em by hand though

oh i too dont use a tripod often as its a pain to lug on about all the time.

hope ya keep on taking em as its sure the best way to get the full view

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... oh i too dont use a tripod often as its a pain to lug on about all the time. ...
That is a bit extreme: a tripod really does a lot to improve photos. If nothing else, it slows you down enough that you have to think about what you are doing. It is a pain to haul about though.

I think you will improve your panos more by using a stitching program that allows fine control over how the images are blended. Doing it by hand is the hard way, and Panorama Tools (with one of the graphic front ends) is not trivial to learn.Using eitherstitching techniquewill go a ways toward getting rid of the problems Reanimator noted.

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... limitations of autostitching software with ghosts at the joins and offset cracks in the floor ...
Those problems can be dealt with by avoiding shots with strong horizontals, esp in the foreground. Of course that rules out some shots, but sometimes changing your point of view will do the job.

I think there are three things to keep in mind about panoramas:
1) There are all kinds of rules: level tripod, nodal point rotation, fixed exposure and white balance, shoot fast to avoid light changes, ...
2) Every one of those rules can be broken.
3) If you follow the rules, you can use simpler software and you will have fewer stitching failures.
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