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Another 3-image pano with the 16/3.5 AI - you get more than 180 deg. FOV for sure.
Sometimes I like to keep the "ears" that PTGui Pro leaves behind because I just hate clipping off stuff from a scene like this.

Morning shot looking straight North across the Straight of Juan de Fuca towards Vancouver island. Love mornings like these with the clear blue sky and a calm ocean with a somewhat low tide.



John, I can see what you mean. Cutting a rectangle out of the center of that shot would take away much more than the 'ears' detract.

I've never done any stitching, I am presuming that doing a similar shot with a rectilinear lens would give you less 'ears' to chop off? How would the shot differ in looks if you had done it with a 20mm?



Jul 25, 2013 at 03:09 AM
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John,

Your "ears" are certainly finer than the ones I usually got when using PTGui. Sometimes I ended up with the most embarrassing "ears" that required huge crops of the final image.

Nice pano.



Jul 25, 2013 at 03:16 AM
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CGrindahl wrote:
Nice to "meet" you Tom. You've quickly become a very engaged participant in this conversion we've been having for almost three years. I certainly appreciate your contributions both in terms of photos and in terms of your observations about photography. You are a generous person and I'm delighted you've chosen to spend time in an otherwise busy life to hang out with us. Thanks.


Thanks to you and everyone for the warm welcome.




Jul 25, 2013 at 03:17 AM
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rattymouse wrote:
John,

Your "ears" are certainly finer than the ones I usually got when using PTGui. Sometimes I ended up with the most embarrassing "ears" that required huge crops of the final image.

Nice pano.


Thanks Tom!



Jul 25, 2013 at 03:39 AM
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DTOB wrote:
John, I can see what you mean. Cutting a rectangle out of the center of that shot would take away much more than the 'ears' detract.

I've never done any stitching, I am presuming that doing a similar shot with a rectilinear lens would give you less 'ears' to chop off? How would the shot differ in looks if you had done it with a 20mm?


The 20mm would give much less vertical extent I suppose, but maybe not in the end. Pburke (Peter) has done some very nice panos with the 20/3.5 - I suppose you'd just need more than 3 images to stitch to get nearly the same thing.
I have a 20/2.8D and need to replace it with a 20/2.8 AIS some day as it's just about worn out internally (makes a lot of noise during an AF movement).

John



Jul 25, 2013 at 03:42 AM
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And now for a pano way way on the other end of the focal length spectrum (and altitude!) - 15 vertical shots with the 400/5.6 Ed AI stitched in PTGuiPro.

Mt. Olympus crest from Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center at mid-day.

This was a tough one since the afternoon haze was so bad - required a lot of post processing and the artifacts are somewhat evident in the final stitch. Maybe I'll come back to this one.

Need to get up to this place in the morning sometime for some better light . . .







EDIT: Replaced it with a much better version: Took the vignetting out in NX2 before conversion and thus PTGuiPro or CS6 did not have to work as hard.

Oh, and some details: ISO 400, 1/1000s, f/8 hand held

Edited on Jul 25, 2013 at 04:28 AM · View previous versions



Jul 25, 2013 at 03:49 AM
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Did you get anything good from that blue GT1 Mustang in front of the #99 by any chance?


I had just one - from the same angle, full frame here, no crop
600mmm f/4.0 at f/8.0 1/800s ISO 200







While looking for the above image, I found another really sharp image, but the fringing was really tough to remove. I had to get creative to get a clean image from this RAW file since you can't do local CA corrections in Camera Raw

When I finally got rid of all red and purple fringing, the driver's helmet paint and some of the thin red stripes next to the orange on the main body of the car suddenly had gray outlines. Even the outlines around the HAWK signs were losing most of the red. So I did another identical camera raw export without the CA removed, added that as a layer on top of the corrected image, added a mask that blocked everything (black) and then pained back in where the correction had messed up the image. Am I correct to assume you cannot do such a thing in Lightroom? It took a while but was well worth it. Without the TC-16a there really isn't that much to do and it doesn't affect every car. Red is the most vulnerable color when faced with CA removal

600mm with TC-16a f/8.0 1/640s ISO 400







and one of my friend Mark, running in the "Fabulous Trashwagon" at the end of the day, just before the shadows covered the apex of the corner. It is hard to get good light shooting racing - most of the big races and sessions of popular cars are in the middle of the day. This was almost 7pm. I have a hunch Mark will want a print of this one

600mm with TC-16a f/8.0 1/640s ISO 400







Jul 25, 2013 at 04:22 AM
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Peter - I must say these car images are great!


Jul 25, 2013 at 04:25 AM
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DTOB wrote:
John, I can see what you mean. Cutting a rectangle out of the center of that shot would take away much more than the 'ears' detract.

I've never done any stitching, I am presuming that doing a similar shot with a rectilinear lens would give you less 'ears' to chop off? How would the shot differ in looks if you had done it with a 20mm?


There is some twisting along the edges when stitching with the 20mm or a 14mm, but not as extreme as the above panorama. If it is blue sky that is missing, I usually do content aware fill instead of cropping, but if there are large chunks of image missing like in John's image, that doesn't really work. I just shoot extra coverage whenever possible on panoramas, and usually frame each image vertically with plenty of overlap when using wide lenses, so you don't lose much when you crop. One thing to watch out for is the horizon line when you don't have a tripod - it's easy to wander up and down and then you have to crop to get it in a rectangular frame again.

I love how clean and smooth these panoramas look - calm waters and sky.



Jul 25, 2013 at 04:31 AM
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pburke wrote:
I had just one - from the same angle, full frame here, no crop
600mmm f/4.0 at f/8.0 1/800s ISO 200

While looking for the above image, I found another really sharp image, but the fringing was really tough to remove. I had to get creative to get a clean image from this RAW file since you can't do local CA corrections in Camera Raw

When I finally got rid of all red and purple fringing, the driver's helmet paint and some of the thin red stripes next to the orange on the main body of the car suddenly had gray outlines. Even
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Hi Peter,
I think your friend (with the excellent taste in names) will certainly want a print of this one, it's great. The work on the CA correction is really good too, excellent thinking. Yes, I don't think you can do layers in LR. I think in LR5 there is a function that can let you do some of the same things through a different method, but I have yet to play around in it properly.

I haven't commented on them yet, but your track day series are excellent. Thanks for sharing but also at the same time your thoughts on the TC16A and also about your technique. It's sharing like this that can really help people like me improve our technique and certainly it gives me the confidence to try something new.

KR,
Mark.



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John, lovely shots you have been posting coming from the snowy mountains. Lovely, cools me off just looking. I'm glad the family made it to the top and got to appreciate the view.

Americo - Nice shots based on the radio play.

Leighton, as a New Zealander I can appreciate some fine lamb. I hope the taste test was as delicious as the photos.




Jul 25, 2013 at 05:29 AM
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Here are some from the 180mm (still loving this lens) and the 24mm for the first & last shot. I think with the 85mm in the middle it makes a nice trinity of lenses to carry around, just add tubes and the TC201 and sorted for any eventuality.






Guess which country I was in...







Another Lily







Possibly the stupidest birds alive, the Moorhen.







Flowers with the 180mm









Jul 25, 2013 at 05:36 AM
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pburke wrote:
There is some twisting along the edges when stitching with the 20mm or a 14mm, but not as extreme as the above panorama. If it is blue sky that is missing, I usually do content aware fill instead of cropping, but if there are large chunks of image missing like in John's image, that doesn't really work. I just shoot extra coverage whenever possible on panoramas, and usually frame each image vertically with plenty of overlap when using wide lenses, so you don't lose much when you crop. One thing to watch out for is the horizon line when you
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Excellent advice!



Jul 25, 2013 at 07:03 AM
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MarkdV wrote:
Here are some from the 180mm (still loving this lens) and the 24mm for the first & last shot. I think with the 85mm in the middle it makes a nice trinity of lenses to carry around, just add tubes and the TC201 and sorted for any eventuality.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/ufiles/83/840683.jpg

Nice Ursa Major!



Jul 25, 2013 at 07:04 AM
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Thanks for the lamb comments everyone, it WAS delicious!




Jul 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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jhinkey wrote:
Another 3-image pano with the 16/3.5 AI - you get more than 180 deg. FOV for sure.
Sometimes I like to keep the "ears" that PTGui Pro leaves behind because I just hate clipping off stuff from a scene like this.

Morning shot looking straight North across the Straight of Juan de Fuca towards Vancouver island. Love mornings like these with the clear blue sky and a calm ocean with a somewhat low tide.


Very nice John, now see if you can do a 360.



Jul 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM
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pburke wrote:
600mm with TC-16a f/8.0 1/640s ISO 400

http://didnt.doit.wisc.edu/photo/forum_pix/fredmiranda/600mmf4.0/DSC_3941_web.jpg


I actually like this angle better than the "Dutch angle" ones. But I know you had to provide those for publication purposes.



Jul 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM
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MarkdV wrote:
Here are some from the 180mm (still loving this lens) and the 24mm for the first & last shot. I think with the 85mm in the middle it makes a nice trinity of lenses to carry around, just add tubes and the TC201 and sorted for any eventuality.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/ufiles/81/840681.jpg


Love this Mark! Obviously you've never raised domestic Turkeys. When they're young and you raise them in a pen outside, if a thunderstorm comes up, they will actually look up with their mouths open and drown! Don't believe me? Google it.



Jul 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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Ok, it's time for true confessions.

Since Ratty (Tom) has come out of the closet, it's time I did. My first name, and the one I go by around these parts is Tom (which a few of you already knew). Leighton is my middle name and you all know me by this and here's the reason why. When I first registered on some forums back in 2004 the name Tom was all used up in all it's different configurations. So I chose my middle name of Leighton. Even on DPreview Leighton was used so I had to settle for Leighton W. There, I feel better and I'll be able to sleep at night once again!



Jul 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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leighton w wrote:
Ok, it's time for true confessions.

Since Ratty (Tom) has come out of the closet, it's time I did. My first name, and the one I go by around these parts is Tom (which a few of you already knew). Leighton is my middle name and you all know me by this and here's the reason why. When I first registered on some forums back in 2004 the name Tom was all used up in all it's different configurations. So I chose my middle name of Leighton. Even on DPreview Leighton was used so I had to settle
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Hilarious! Always room for more Tom's.




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