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nickphoto123 May 30, 2007 8:55 PM

Hello All,

This is my favorite view from my favorite bench in the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing, Queens New York City.

Just sitting and looking straight up during Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, ( yes we stop by almost every day year round ), is my favorite form of meditation.

I invite you to join me for a few moments. Remember the sun is directly overhead and back behind you a bit as you look up within this image.

Shot my H9 with grid lines ( as always) Handheld.

PP included:

1) reducing original images to 1800 pixel wide images as Max Jpegs ( to speed stitching speed ).

2) pocessed all 14 images at once with AutoStitch.

3) processed image in PTLens to correct perspective and scale.

4) cropped this image and then made Levels adjustment.

5) Focus Magic at 75% of Level 2.

All in Photoshop Elements 4. NO COLOR OR PF PP AT ALL.

Here is my image, you can view it at 100% Actual Size , ( approx 100" high, 30" wide, at 72 DPI ):

I do hope you enjoy it and look forward to your comments.


nickphoto123 Jun 5, 2007 7:13 PM

May I humbly ask "NO COMMENTS ATER 54 VIEWS?"

You can view it at 100% for the full panorama. Click three times on the image.


Mercurycu Jun 5, 2007 9:06 PM

Wow! I don't think I have ever seen a vertical panorama! Love the looking up through the trees over head.:dude:


coachjames Jun 7, 2007 12:16 PM

That's a very cool photograph, Nick.

I do see what some people are saying about the image quality issues on the leaves overhead. I am pretty disappointed about this. I'm a big Sony camera fan, I love my H5, and I was really looking forward to the H9. But, after seeing all the discussion and some samples, I cancelled my pre-order. I am going to wait and see if later runs are better.

But the panorama itself is great!

Cyberf828 Jun 7, 2007 12:21 PM

nickphoto123 wrote:

May I humbly ask "NO COMMENTS ATER 54 VIEWS?"

You can view it at 100% for the full panorama. Click three times on the image.

Wow... I missed that one very nice Nick,

nickphoto123 Jun 7, 2007 7:11 PM

Thanks all, glad you liked the pano.


You have made an incorrect observation.

In My Pano the sun was extremely bright and would have blinded any DSLR user.

The performance of the H9 lens & sensor under these conditions is supberb IMHO.

Not many cameras would make the capture.

My pano is meant to be viewed as a print, not at 100% on a screen.

Thanks for you comments.

Very suprised such a handheld image would cause you to cancel a pre-order.

P.S. this was a breezy warm day, nothing stood still.

Best regards,


coachjames Jun 9, 2007 11:55 AM

What I really need is a good comparison vs the H5 image quality. And vs other similar brands. The H9 has a lot of nice features that I like, but I am not wedded to them. Focus speed, flash regeneration, night shooting, and those types of things are cool, but not necessarily what I need most. I love the image quality I get out of my H5, if the H9 is that good or better, plus all the bonus features, then it is probably what I want to upgrade to. I might wait until the Canon comes out to compare, too. The greatest thing about the H5 is that it is such a nice camera that I am not desperate to upgrade.

Mercurycu Jun 9, 2007 12:46 PM

I also think the H5 is an excellent UZ. The *only* thing that drives me bonkers with it though is the slooooow flash recharge time. Gad, it's the slowest of all my digicams. When you want to get a few quick shots of the family doing something cute and it is indoors with the miss alot because the darn flash takes what seems *forever* to recharge. Until that extemely annoying H5 characteristic, I was all for AA battery UZs. Butthe H5taught me better and I'm not squawking any longer that my Panys and the H9 take proprietary lithium batteries. The H1 had AAs and recharged faster than the H5, but it had half the flash range of the Pany FZ20, FZ30, and H9. (For my Sci Fi cons the H1 had way too wimpy a flash Pany FZ20 always kicked it's booty at the cons with it's far better flash range.)

One of the things I like because it suits my photography needs, is the the range *and* flash recharge time of the H9. The H9 has both and is the first H-series camera that does.


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