Out to Pasture

Here is a panoramic I took while out taking a walk last weekend. I didn’t have my tripod with me, but they still stitched pretty well. I had originally shot 5 exposures (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2 EV) for each image, but it was extremely windy and the cows kept moving, so the images didn’t blend well. I ended up taking the middle exposure and saving off a -2 and +2 exposure to create a pseudo HDR image. This is easy to do if you shoot in RAW mode since there is quite a bit of dynamic range in a 14-bit NEF file from a D700. Then I blended everything together with TuFuse and PTAssembler—my favorite stitching software. I took three different variations: 2x5x3 (2 rows x 5 columns x 3 exposures) in portrait orientation @ 26mm (25megapixels), 2x12x3 in portrait orientation @ 70mm (55mp), and 1x12x3 in landscape orientation @ 24mm (20mp).

Here is a zoomable version of the 55 megapixel version. The bottom right button will make the image go full screen. Try the link underneath the image if it doesn’t work in your browser (iPhones and iPods for example).

http://seadragon.com/view/165o

Here are the other variations. Which is your favorite?
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EXIF data, stitching info, map location, etc. is available in the link above to the SmugMug gallery.

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