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Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire
Date: Mar 7, 2010
Aperture: f16
ISO: 200
Shutter: various
Galleries: Panoramic
Date Uploaded: Mar 14, 2010

Viewed: 322
Comments: 7
Favorites: 1 (view)

My first attempt at creating a panorama. 11 photos, hand-held, stitched in Autostitch. Critiques and/or tips to improve would be useful.
Obviously using a tripod is preferable to hand-holding - I am thinking of getting a pan and tilt head for my Manfrotto as it will be a bit easier to control than the ball-head I have at the moment.

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04/06/2010 05:54:38 PM
This is brilliant. My Dad lives about 5 mins away from here - its a great little fishing village (we always get Fish`n`chips from Magpies..)
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03/24/2010 11:01:47 AM
Personally, I like the foreground shadows, they give depth. I think the time of say was excellent for this. Good work!
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03/14/2010 08:46:08 PM
Super panorama. My only suggestion would be to shoot at a time of day that you don't have the foreground in shadow, but that's a matter of personal taste.

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Keep up the good work.
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03/14/2010 08:17:45 PM
I hope you popped in for fish and chips whilst you were there

Message edited by author 2010-03-14 20:18:08.
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03/14/2010 04:03:33 PM
Beautiful panorama. I was stationed in England from 1979-1982 and would go on temporary duty to Whitby. I still have a large piece of Whitby Jet that I have not carved yet.

Brings back some awesome memories. Thanks!

....oh, good job on the stitching. I used to stay at the hotel that was (or used to be) about where you took this shot from. I really enjoyed the pram races they had. Got pictures and they are all film.
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03/14/2010 03:43:32 PM
That is striking, Sara! Excellent work with the exposures to keep everything even - no noticeable seams anywhere at all.
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03/14/2010 02:26:49 PM
Excellently done, especially for handheld. Even with a pan/tilt head (with levels), it's hard to get a perfectly horizontal pan action.

If you want more foreground or sky (or just higher resolution), remember that you can shoot with the camera in portrait orientation and still stitch them, and also that you can take two or three rows of images zoomed in closer -- AutoStitch will work in two dimensions.

I note you list the shutter times as "various" -- usually when shooting panoramics for stitching you should shoot in manual mode at the same settings throughout, or you can get uncorrectable banding (especially across flat areas like a blue sky).
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