We climbed up to West Fort on Sunday to do some filming. While we were there I took some time out to do some panorama photography. This is pretty much the first stitched panorama I’ve done that I’d consider a success so I’m happy as a snail in garlic butter.
This first image is a small portion of the original (about 180º), and also my favourite. What’s left of the fort is on the right, and on the left you can see Atteridgeville in the distance.
(Click on images to see larger versions.)
The full 360º panoramic image, after stitching together with Photoshop, comes in at a cool 1.26 Gigabytes (26,433 x 5,746 px). Can anyone say overkill? ZOMG!!!
The software stitched the 24 images I used together in a sort of arc. I’m not sure why. I’m guessing it has something to do with the movement of my tripod head, which isn’t specifically designed for panoramas. (Or maybe it’s normal. *Shrug*)
So I fixed it a bit with Photoshop’s Puppet Warp function.
And then cropped it. (This cropped version is still pretty huge at 25,883 x 4,284 pixels.)
What excites me most about this image is the superb detail I can get from this amount of stitching. If I zoom in on that tiny tree at the left side of the fort this is what I see.
And… for those of you interested in seeing a contact sheet of the original shots… it looks kinda cool.
Author: Diaan Mynhardt
Medium: Digital Panorama Stitch
Camera: Canon 5D Mk II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm 1:4
Location: Fort West, Pretoria
Tags: fort west, haggis & bong, panorama, sunset