NYC panoramas

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I was in NYC between Christmas and New Year's eve. Here are some of the photos I took.

This is a panorama I stitched together from three photos I took atop the Empire State Building.


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I also took a trip to the top of Rockerfeller Centre one evening and took this shot of the southern view of the Empire State Building.


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This is a photo of the Christmas display in front of the Rockerfeller Centre.


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These are great! It never occurred to me to do a vertical panorama. May have to try one for my self now.
 

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Wow!
What a great vertical panorama. What gear you used on that one??
 

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I've only ever attempted a couple of panoramas with little success using stitching programs. these shots are fantastic!
F1lip i would buy that first shot if that was a print!

what do you use to put it all together and how do you set up your shot? do you use the panorama mode (if your camera has one)?
 

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That's a cool picture!

So, with that you got that kind of "wide-angle-distortion" look?
 

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what do you use to put it all together and how do you set up your shot? do you use the panorama mode (if your camera has one)?

Only the first photo I posted is stitched together. The other pictures were taken with my Olympus 9-18mm zoom.

I use PTGui Pro to stitch panoramas together. It's a very comprehensive program and gives you a lot of functionality. It can even take bracketed shots and stitch together an HDR panorama.

As far as tips go:

I find that I get the best results when I lock the exposure for all the individual shots. That way I don't have to deal with the effects of differently exposed parts of the scene, which make it look obvious that the image was stitched together (the effect is really noticeable when skies are in the photo).

I also try to frame the photos so that there are obvious points that the software will find and use to line the images up (like a tree or building or other object that stands out) . I've found that unless there are these obvious reference points, the software can have a hard time finding the right points to overlay.

Finally although, I didn't do this for the particular photo I posted, I quite often will take take two rows of three photos of a scene for stitching purposes (i.e., I'll stitch 6 images together stacked 2 x 3). Doing this makes it a lot easier to crop and avoids mega-distortion.

I hope this helps.
 

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That's a cool picture!

So, with that you got that kind of "wide-angle-distortion" look?
must be due to the projection option in PTGui and the fact that images cover around 180 degrees of vertical field of view.
 

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had too many gaps to smake a panorama, instead Times Square with a twist - 9 images collected to give one perspective.
 
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