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Erik Krause

Walmendinger Horn

Kleinwalsertal, Austria

September 5, 14:50 local time

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Walmendinger Horn is a very easy to reach summit in the popular holiday region Kleinwalsertal in Austria. In fact the house seen below is a cable car station. Accordingly crowded was the fenced summit plateu on this magnificent day. In order not to have the crowd covering two thirds of my panorama I walked along the fence holding the camera above my head shooting images all around. What remained after some hard stitching is a very small grassy summit looking down on each side.


EOS 5D2, Samyang 12mm fisheye, SNS HDR lite, PTGui pro, Photoshop

How this panorama was made

Years ago I did something similar, the Sidelhorn Gigapixel. This time I decided against a gigapixel but for handheld HDR shooting. I shot three brackets per image, a total of 165 shots. Any bracketed sequence was aligned using PTGui and merged to a LDR image with SNS-HDR lite in batch. The resulting 55 images where thrown on PTGui and the initial alignment of the far mountains was pretty good. After removing redundant, unsharp and other unwanted images I ended with 39 images contributing to the panorama. After heavy masking (all images contain masks), much control point editing and 6 attempts with photoshop auto blend layers (with my autoblend 360 script) it returned almost the finished panorama. Only little retouching was needed to get the final version. But of course you'll find dozens of stitching oddities if you look for them...

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