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West Fort Sunset Panorama

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.

Date: June 16, 2011
Author: Diaan Mynhardt
Medium: Digital Panorama Stitch
Camera: Canon 5D Mk II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm 1:4
Location: Fort West, Pretoria
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4 Responses to “West Fort Sunset Panorama”

  1. Lawrence Garner says:

    This is sweet in so many aspects. First of all Its an awesome shot, second your use of PS and maintaining detail, and finally realizing I’m not the only one blowing out servers with 1+ gigs for images. Generally I get the opposite from clients wanting an image manufactured at 5 meters high by 30 meters and when I ask for the image they tell me their going to e-mail it to me….. lol

    • Well, I guess the required DPI for that 5 x 30m billboard would depend on the required viewing distance. If it’s going to be up on a big pole above a motorway the printed resolution could be anything between 2 and 20 DPI, which means they could happily send that file via email.

      • Lawrence Garner says:

        Nope all my stuff is up close and personal. No Billboards. For most everything I do its 150 dpi or better, however I can squeeze 72 on some wall graphics I do with textured wallcoverings. Anything less I generally try to fractal up a bit. I Do high end corporate interiors, exibits and tradeshows.