Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Making an HDR Panoramic Photograph

This is Whimsy Farms, in Arlington Vermont. I took it last year after getting my new camera. But by the time I reached this place I had been out all morning. And I was pretty tired. And with my back and hip hurting I just couldn't get out. But being an avid photographer I knew I needed to get the shot. So I grabbed my tripod rolled the window down in the truck (if I was in my grand am I think it would have been much harder!)
This image is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) and a Panoramic image. Now doing this is easier than you think. We have been over how you produce an HDR image.
Step 1. Set your tripod up (in or out of vehicle)
Step 2. Look at the subject and in your mind slice it in 1/3's. Each 1/3 will be a series of bracketed shots, just like making any HDR image.
Step 3. Take your shots and remember when turning your tripod to make sure there is some over laping in the picture so that when you stitch it together later it will line up correctly.
Step 6. Load your HDR software and make your hdr images. I took nine. 3 for each section.
Step 5. Step four upload your photos into your panoramic software, photoshop elements and photoshop include this feature.
Step 6. Stitch your 3 or more images together.
Step 7. Crop if need, I had to crop out the truck mirror and window and door frame.
Thats it.

As always I am looking for photograph contest to enter. And this photograph was just entered into Fuelmyblog View From My Window Contest So if you have a great out my window picture send it in the prize is a camera! So go for it.


Saskboy said...

Nice photo. I use Canon Photostitch for that kind of thing. I wonder if The Gimp has that feature yet...

Sam said...

Thanks for stopping by. Gimp does have a plugin you can try.
I haven't tried it. But if you do please let me know how it worked out. So I can post it on my site. A picture would be great too!