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Walter_S Nov 18, 2009 2:07 PM

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.

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:
For viewers with a smaller monitor resolution: 920 x 347 pixels
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!


Acapulco Nov 18, 2009 4:01 PM

IMO, Panoramas and HDR definitely mix well with eachother.

Your shots are #1 is very beautiful

Bynx Nov 18, 2009 5:32 PM

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.

Walter_S Nov 19, 2009 2:30 PM

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).

For those with smaller monitor resolution:

The stitching-software I used was: ArcSoft Panorama Maker 4 (version 4.2.59).

Ordo Nov 19, 2009 3:22 PM

Humiliatingly beautiful.

Walter C Nov 19, 2009 3:39 PM

Absolutely gorgeous, Walter. The Photomatrix Pro shots have more punch and color rendering...even a 3D feel. Just beautiful.

paniolo Nov 19, 2009 3:51 PM

Walter S,

There are absolutely beautiful. I am about to jump in with HDR - did you HDR first, then stitch the pano?

Walter_S Nov 19, 2009 5:13 PM


Originally Posted by Ordo (Post 1020971)
Humiliatingly beautiful.

You are too kind, Ordo - but I appreciate it all the same!


Originally Posted by Walter C (Post 1020977)
...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?


Originally Posted by paniolo (Post 1020981)
...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.

Best regards!


jeephotog Nov 19, 2009 6:46 PM

Well done.....:jumping-smiley-004:

Walter_S Nov 21, 2009 12:50 PM

Thank you - jeephotog!

I appreciate you taking your time to comment!

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