Panorama at the Breakwall

Aug 04, 2010

Panorama at the Breakwall

As I mentioned in a previous post, Joy has been out of town for the last few days. To occupy my time, I've been trying to come up with small projects. Sunday's project: create a panorama of the breakwall at Stearn's Park/Beach.

Here's the end result (Large Preview):

It was quite an involved process to create this panorama. Here's an overview of all the steps it took to make this:

  1. Using my tripod and my Panamatic mount, I took 12 sets of 3 pictures. Each set was 30° apart, taken with three different exposures (-2, 0, and 2 EV).
  2. Processed each of the 12 sets as an HDR using Photomatix (the output of each set is shown below).
  3. Stitched the 12 completed photos into the panorama using DoubleTake; this resulted in a 61 megapixel photo.
  4. Opened the output in Photoshop to check for any weirdness from the stitching (i.e. blurred people, duplicated landscape, etc).
  5. Imported that output into Lightroom, made a few color corrections, and then exported the final photo.

The 12 HDR photos:

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In total, this project took between 4 and 6 hours of work (not including taking the actual pictures). I'm looking to get it printed on canvas through Canvas Press, which is looking to cost around $100-$200 for an 80" x 8" @ 300 DPI print. If you're interested in getting a print as well, feel free to contact me.