Entries in panorama (19)
My former neighbor Ryan of the Courtyard Marriott (he is the sales manager) contacted me this week about making some more commercial photographs of the hotel as it is just about finished with its renovations. To start with, they wanted to send out a new advertisement and needed just a couple photos of a suite room. So after we discussed the future photography to be done of the hotel, I went up to the 7th floor with my Nikon and tripod. As I have mentioned before, photographing a room is rather challenging and not at all as simple as one might think.
The real goal of this small shoot was for the image below, a small panorama of the room showing all its features wall to wall from the flatscreen TV to the bed. It is not made up of the two shots below of course, but from the same point just shooting one frame to the left and then panning about two thirds of a frame to the right. I then used the Photomerge automation in Photoshop to stitch the two photos together.
I look forward to photographing the renovated historic lobby and other areas of the hotel in September.
This afternoon I personally delivered a client's order of a 50 inch x 25 inch canvas gallery wrap fine art print. This was my first time also to see this image in print. I originally featured this photograph in this blog post. After the client decided upon this particular image, I had her measure the space she was planning on displaying the image to get an idea of what sizes would work best. 50 inches on the width is the largest canvas to date a client has ordered. The single image holds up just fine at that large print size preserving details in the image even when viewed close up.
In addition to this image, I have a large catalogue of unique images of St. Petersburg, Florida and the surrounding area available as fine art prints or for commercial license usage that show St. Petersburg's character far beyond what stock images do.
An oasis of grass and community in downtown Tampa, that is how I would describe Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. I made this 3-shot panorama image of the park while waiting for a potrait client to arrive. On a sunny Thursday afternoon two days after Christmas, the park was full of people enjoying a crisp afternoon by the Tampa waterfront. I thought I would try a handheld panorama shooting into the sun to see how it would come out.
- Inquire about fine art prints and commercial license usage for this panorama image of St. Petersburg
If you have Photoshop CS5 or CS6 it is amazingly easy to make a panorama image. The above panorama of the downtown St. Petersburg, Florida harbor is composed of four shots that I made handheld using only the gridlines in my viewfinder to line up. Then I loaded those four shots into Photoshop's Photomerge action, led the CPU do a lot of processing, and voila, out came a panorama that I then proceeded to do my usual editing workflow on.
I am often with my camera near this small harbor as I use this location when teaching my 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lessons. It is a very good spot to practice making panorama images, composing with leading lines, S-curves and sometimes even wildlife.
Before I went to bed last Thursday, I set the alarm on my iPhone 4 for 2:55am. This was not because I have a new paper route or decided to follow in my grandfather's footsteps and be a milkman, but because I want to insure I was able to get one of the first preorders in for the new iPhone 5 that here on the coast would be first available at 3am Friday morning. So I rumbled out of bed and began refreshing the iPhone 5 page on apple.com. Another reason to be one of the first was that I had already secured in my buy-back price for my 2-yeard old iPhone 4 on the great site gazelle.com for a whopping $146! That's right, it basically meant that the new iPhone 5 would only be $54 out of pocket, if I could get one before October 1st.
Well, my early rising paid off as my iPhone 5 (white, 16GB, AT&T) was delivered on the first available date (Friday the 21st). It took almost four hours to sync all my backup data to it, so I did not have much opportunity to test the new iOS 6 panorama feature until yesterday (Saturday). I was walking Kiki around Crescent Lake Park, a common Saturday evening activity and with the wide open views from the lakeside, I had my first chance to test the panorama function.
I saw a video of how it works so I knew you do not take five or six separate shots in a row, but rather turn the panorama feature on and then glide the camera over the area you want to photograph. There are visual guides to keep your framing on track, and I must admit I was rather wobbly in my first attempt as you can see in the unedited image above.
Still, there was a large portion of the image that was usable. I cropped out the left, right and bottom edges and found a decent remaining image. The exposure was a little off and there was a lot of noise in the sky, but overall I thought the new panorama feature in iOS 6 on first impression seems to be very usable. I look forward to trying it again with a more steady hand and in different light.
Have you made any panoramas with iOS 6 yet? Post your examples in the comments below.