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HDR and Panoramas?
Anyone attempted to do a HDR panorama? I would imagine it being a rather time consuming process considering the number of images that would be required for such a process. Anyone here have any experience and or samples?..

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A large percentage of the panoramas in the lower half of this gallery (http://www.pbase.com/dsjtecserv/panoramas) were shot with 3 or more exposures per frame, and then blended together to bring the dynamic range within the usual range displayable on a monitor or print. That's what is somehwat loosely called HDR. All of these were done with manual blending rather than with dedicated HDR software. The latest version of PTGui has the built-in ability to create HDR panos..

Davehttp://www.pbase.com/dsjtecserv..

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Dsjtecserv wrote:.

A large percentage of the panoramas in the lower half of this gallery(http://www.pbase.com/dsjtecserv/panoramas) were shot with 3 or moreexposures per frame, and then blended together to bring the dynamicrange within the usual range displayable on a monitor or print.That's what is somehwat loosely called HDR. All of these were donewith manual blending rather than with dedicated HDR software. Thelatest version of PTGui has the built-in ability to create HDR panos..

Davehttp://www.pbase.com/dsjtecserv.

Hi Dave,.

Nice pictures! I'm wondering if you first blend the images together before stiching them to create the panorama?..

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Those are some really great shots!.

MaddogOlympus E-500, Olympus E-510..

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I find I get best results by creating separate panoramas for each exposure level and them blending them as a whole..

Davehttp://www.pbase.com/dsjtecserv..

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Dsjtecserv wrote:.

I find I get best results by creating separate panoramas for eachexposure level and them blending them as a whole..

Davehttp://www.pbase.com/dsjtecserv.

Have you ever tried blending each of the frames and then stich them together?..

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Some amazing panoramas. Thanks for sharing, especially at a decent resolution. What kind of tripod did you use and generally at what focal lengths? How many of those were multi-tiered panoramas? It seems like you go to some decently remote places, so have you tried night panoramas with stars?.

Good job!.

Dsjtecserv wrote:.

A large percentage of the panoramas in the lower half of this gallery(http://www.pbase.com/dsjtecserv/panoramas) were shot with 3 or moreexposures per frame, and then blended together to bring the dynamicrange within the usual range displayable on a monitor or print.That's what is somehwat loosely called HDR. All of these were donewith manual blending rather than with dedicated HDR software. Thelatest version of PTGui has the built-in ability to create HDR panos..

Davehttp://www.pbase.com/dsjtecserv..

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Darkhound wrote:.

Some amazing panoramas. Thanks for sharing, especially at a decentresolution. What kind of tripod did you use and generally at whatfocal lengths? How many of those were multi-tiered panoramas? Itseems like you go to some decently remote places, so have you triednight panoramas with stars?.

Good job!.

Thank you. I bet, from your name, that you specialize in night photography. I have only taken a few (eg. http://www.pbase.com/dsjtecserv/image/83422168 and http://www.pbase.com/dsjtecserv/image/88565689), but none have been panoramas. It's on my list of things to try when I find the right subject..

The older panos in the gallery were mostly taken with a Canon Pro 1, an old Slik 500G (about 17 oz.) and a non-adjustable homemade pano bracket. In the last year I have upgraded to a Canon XTi, Slik Sprint Pro 3-way (still pretty light) and a Nodal Ninja 3 pano head. I tend to shoot panos using a wide angle because I like a lot of foreground to play against the background. Most of the recent ones have been with the Canon EF-S 10-22, usually in the 10 to 16 mm range..

I have done a few multi-row panos, but, since I use a wide angle, I usually don't need to. I could get higher resolution if I used a longer focal length and took more shots, but since I'm already taking 3 exposures per frame, I already have a lot of images to manage. The resolution of printed copies has been more than adequate so far, so right now I'm not pushing too hard toward multi-row panos..

Dave.

Http://www.pbase.com/dsjtecserv..

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I'm going to bump this thread because I feel I could use more opinions to help me learn more about HDR panoramas...

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I find the best way is to shoot your pan with the 3 frames on AEB. With new ptgui pro you can stitch all 3 at once and the blend or hdr afterwards. Saves tonnes of time. I would recomend hand belnding and layer masking over most hdr work, although for lower budget jobs auto hdr on ptgui works not bad, or hdr with photomatix after making your three identical pans..

Just shot this and without hdr techniques I would have been in big trouble. http://www.dylansurridge.com/catch.

Have funDylan..

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