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© 2005 Craig A. Busch, All Rights Reserved.
EquipmentNikon D70 40mm lens 18 vertical shots stitched with Panorama Factory 3.0
Behind the scene : how this panorama was madeI typically shoot panoramas two different ways. Either on a tripod with a panohead or hand-held. The panohead I use is made by Jasper Engineering and has since been improved. No click stops, just a smooth panhead with markers and a level. When I shoot panoramas for movie scouting, I rarely have the luxury of setting up a tripod as time is of the essence. Hand-held is the preferred method as I can shoot many panoramas very quickly and move on.
With almost a two hour drive to the Blue Lagoon to shoot, I decided to go hand-held to make the most of my time. I shot about sixteen panoramas between the two lagoons. It was hard to pick my favorite at first. But the final choice was the one that showed both the beauty of lagoon #1 and a scuba diver entering the water to define what the Blue Lagoon is exclusively used for.
I shot with a Nikon D70 and the kit lens set at about 40mm. I then took between 18 and 20 shots of each panorama. The reason for shooting with 40mm was to get a closer perspective to what our eyes see and to have less wide-angle distortion. This goes back to the panoramas I have shot for scouting purposes. When we were taping prints together, there would be too much distortion between shots if we shot too wide. Also, some directors would complain if the view was so wide that it gave a false sense of the true perspective.
Images were shot raw and converted to jpegs. Then downsized in photoshop. Some shadow detail was brought out with photoshop and then the images were stitched with Panorama Factory. I am working on fully immersive panoramas and trying out Realviz Stitcher to see if it gives better results.