Travel: Vermont Panoramas

My apologies to my readers, I’ve neglected the blog for a few months. I had already started this set of Vermont panoramas, so to get something out right away I’ll finish it off now. Next month I’ll post some of the photos taken during a recent road trip around Ontario, and then after that we’ll be getting into Top Ten time again. Although I have so many photos to go through it might take me longer than January.

Anyway, a few tips for taking stitched panoramas (or see my previous more in-depth posts on panoramas):

  • Make sure you put most settings on manual mode so that nothing changes during the shooting, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, focus point
  • Make sure your tripod is level, a bubble level can really help. Not only will this make stitching easier and more accurate, it will avoid tilted panoramas where you lose a lot of the image due to having to rotate it
  • Don’t use a polarizer as the effect changes with the angle to the sun
  • I would recommend trying to stick to a standard ratio when you crop it, something like 3:1 or 2:1, that way framing will hopefully be easier
  • Shoot fast if you have moving clouds in the image, but if you have flowing water I usually shoot with a really long shutter speed to smooth out the flow and hopefully have every shot look the same

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Luckily these clouds weren’t moving very much, but if they were, I would have made sure to shoot fast so that they would line up in the final image

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This one goes against the recommendation to keep the ratio of length to width at a standard ratio and might make framing difficult or expensive

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Here’s an example where a long exposure helps to make sure that water lines up properly; with a shorter exposure you can get timing issues where the flow doesn’t look the same during one split second to the next

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Panoramas can allow you to get 180 degree angle views or more in a single shot (I wasn’t able to walk more to the left to get the hill right in the center, but I still like this panorama overall)

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The lack of wind helped to get a nice panorama of this reflection without any stitching issues

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Here’s an example of why using manual mode is important; the sky was brighter to the right, so as I was rotating the camera the automatic exposure from the camera would have changed from shot to shot

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– Patrick

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