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Old Jun 28, 2004, 1:55 AM   #1
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I went on up to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood for an afternoon visit last Friday. The weather was beautiful and I just happened to bring along my camera and tripod which enabled me to capture this panorama of about 245 degrees of view (click the image to display a larger image):


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Old Jun 28, 2004, 3:17 AM   #2
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Nice shot geoffs. I've never tried a panorama yet, they look good. :-)
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Old Jun 28, 2004, 10:15 AM   #3
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Thanks jackrussell! Panoramas aren't too difficult to make ok ones, but difficult to get really good ones. My experience with the different stitching programs is that they have some trouble stitching photos that haven't been taken in a careful manner. Some of the things I try to do ensure decent stitches:

1. Keep the photos of a row of stitches as vertically aligned as possible.
2. Make sure that the exposure for each photo to be stitched is the same as all the others.
3. Unless you have a panoramic head for your tripod, enabling you to rotate your camera about what is called the nodal point of the camera/lens system, try not to have close foreground objects in your photos (parallax error shows up too easily with close objects).

I have no favorite stitching program right now. I sort of ping pong back and forth between Panavue Image Assembler and PSE2's photomerge capability. Soon I will be learning to use Panorama Factory which allows for complicated stitches but assumes more knowledge on the part of the user.
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Old Jun 28, 2004, 12:38 PM   #4
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Tripod?. I haven't got one of those. :-)My camera has a stitch assist mode where i can see the last picture i took and the one i'm lining up so that should help with vertical allignment. It also came with Canon photostitch software but i think it only does horizontal stitching. I'll have a go someday and find out if i can manage to do one without a tripod. :-)
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Nicely done, Geoffs

It is amazing how little snow there is so early in the summer.


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Old Jun 28, 2004, 12:42 PM   #6
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The Canon stitch assist mode is better than the assist mode in my Olympus camera (I used to own a Canon G2), especially the display of the previous shot taken in the series, allowing for easy alignment of the next picture. I got some pretty good panoramas using the G2. Try it, you'll be amazed.
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Old Jun 28, 2004, 12:45 PM   #7
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Nicely done, Geoffs

It is amazing how little snow there is so early in the summer.
Thanks, digcamfan! There's actually quite a bit of snow, but it tends to stick around more on the northern side of the mountain and this is the southern face. Also, there was more in that other 115 degrees of view not included in this panorama :-) In fact, the snowboarders and skiiers were still doing their thing on Palmer Glacier which is just to the upper right of the outcrop of trees on the left end of the panorama.
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Ahhhh.....

Btw...yours truly, your fearful forum fool was on top of Mt Hood twice...

and, more importantly, got back down again!


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Ahhhh.....

Btw...yours truly, your fearful forum fool was on top of Mt Hood twice...

and, more importantly, got back down again!


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Old Jun 28, 2004, 6:40 PM   #10
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Well, digcamfan, my hat is tipped to you. Congratulations! I've never done it but my daughter attempted the climb and had to turn back before the summit due to weather.

Do you live in Oregon? If so, we're starting to get quite a few people up here from Oregon (me, calr, you?).
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