Light is Everything!

Panoramatastic!

I like panoramic images but until yesterday, I had never made one. I did a little googlin’ and found a really sweet YouTube video that explained the whole process. In the middle of a March snow storm, I went out on my back deck and took two pictures to try the panoramic process. You can do many more but I wanted to keep it simple to start out.

pano image 1

pano image 2

Another good tip (that I didn’t follow here) is to shoot panorama images vertically instead of horizontally.  That way you have more breathing room in your shots for when you crop it later. I didn’t use a tripod as I had a very convenient deck railing to set the camera on – but had this been a serious pano, I would have certainly used the tripod.

After I had the .jpg files ready in camera, I brought them into GIMP (the free, open source version of Photoshop) and downloaded the “Pandora” script that makes this all possible. It did a really sweet job of setting it all up with about 20% overlap. I used the tree as my anchor point of both images and it lined up really well with minimal masking work. To me, the over all end product had to go black and white because it was another cursed, ugly, winter’s-never-gunna-end day.

click to embiggen

So there you go, my first ever panoramic image. Click on it to see the full sized end product (11MB file size).  It turned out not too shabby. 😉 If was to do it again, I would pick a nicer day with more sunshine. Winter is getting way too depressing. 😐

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