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Postby Gary Martin » Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:34 pm


While I was up photographing early last month along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario I finished the trip up photographing in the Thousand Islands region of the St Lawrence River. While I was photographing Sunken Rock lighthouse, which is essentially right out in the river from Alexandria Bay, I couldn't resist shooting Boldt Castle, which occupies all of Heart Island in the river just upstream from Sunken Rock. The challenge, however, is to get all of the huge spread photographed. The pano below took six frames at 300 mm to get all of the castle and island covered. The individual photos were all shot at f/14 and 1/800th of a sec in manual to insure that the exposure was constant. The photos were shot off a tripod that was leveled and rotated between shots to give me enough overlap to allow the frames to be merged into the panorama below in Photoshop CS3.

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The original pano after it was assembled was approximately 2,900 pixels high by 15,550 pixels wide, and no, that wasn't a mistype. My apologies to those with smaller monitors if you have to scroll horizontally to see all of this.
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Postby Gary Martin » Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:53 pm


For those not familiar with the St Lawrence River, here's a photo of the Sunken Rock lighthouse just down river from Boldt Castle.

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Postby Gary Martin » Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:02 pm


One last shot for the night of Boldt Castle at 600 mm.

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Postby Grover1 » Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:48 am


Gary ... I think the pano spectacular ... on my pilgrimage to Lake Ontario in the late 90's, when still on film, I have three shots ... one of the building on the left, one of the building on the right and one of the castle. As you can imagine ... the wide angle shot I took, from the distance I took it, had three almost indecipheral blips on it ...

Also ... my photographic lexicon has grown once more. Descriptively ... instructionally ... Im sure you must have used the word "assembled" before ... but I have to say this is the first time it stood out to me. I think the seamless result, with the care and exactness needed to create it, is another example of the title "photographer." My blissful ignorance was telling me that the panos we always viewed here were just cropped that way.

I guess what I am saying is that for me, this is one more reminder that photography ... especially spectacular photography such as this ... is a process.

Thanks for some more insight ... it is well appreciated
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Postby Gary Martin » Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:37 am


Barry, thanks for the comments and compliment. I had a selection of lenses with me, including a fisheye, 14 mm ultrawide, and a 17-35, any one of which I could have pulled out and used. As you aptly pointed out, that would have given me three blips in the distance. For that reason, I opted to use a 300 mm lens to take the six overlapped shots that were assembled to produce the pano above.

You're right a great many panos are simply cropped that way. Actually, if you can get your subject in the frame at a size you want with an ultrawide that's a great way to go because you don't have to worry about matching up the individual frames to get the finished image. On the other hand, as you know from personal experience, an ultrawide shot of Boldt Castle would have the image far too small to produce a visually striking pano.
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Postby Ross » Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:51 am


Gary

The photomerging in CS3 is tip-top compared to CS2, I have a 7 shot stitch of the Grand Tetons i took last year that I did in CS3. I cropped some of each end to get it to a printable pano size that came out to around 12,000 pixels wide.

<img src="http://www.lighthousing.net/tetons-pano-1-2x5.jpg" width=1000>

I tried in CS2 but had no luck unless I stitched it manually. I started to do that until CS3 came out, then it worked beautifully.
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Postby Gary Martin » Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:33 pm


Nice pano of the Tetons, Ross. That's another tough subject to photograph without taking multiple frames.
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Postby Ross » Sat Nov 15, 2008 7:29 pm


That place was tough to get anything with less than 3 shots. A lot bigger out there than here in the NH white mountains, that's for sure!
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:56 am


Where's John Wayne and the Indians?
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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:38 am


hiding behind the trees there at Oxbow Bend, Kevin.
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