Looking across El Capitan meadow at the entire face. How many climbers can you find?
Excellent panoramas. It is difficult to maintain
the quality of the entire image as the panorama
becomes larger. It also takes much longer to
stitch and edit the image. People will not be able
to retouch images of this size unless they have
more than 3GB of system memory which means you
need to use something other than XP. A great tool
for determining the time of day when the lighting
will be good is to use Google Earth and then click
the sun icon at the top which will cause the light
to be modeled. A slider control will appear which
allows you to change the time. This allows you to
see when the light begins to illuminate the
subject and when the light begins to disappear.
You can advance to a date when you plan on being
at that location. Another thing that you are able
to do in Google Earth is use the ruler to
determine what distances you are working with and
what type of depth of field issues you will have.
You can always bring shadows back to add contrast
and depth by adjusting the midtones and bringing
the black levels up. Excellent panoramas. I
apologize for not noticing sooner. Especially for
maintaining high quality for much larger gigapan
sizes : )
Espectacular!!!. Espero yo algún día poder
contemplar tan espectacular paisaje en vivo y en
directo. Saludos y Enhorabuena!.
Thank you for the kind words. I do my best to
produce the highest quality within my ability.
Unlike most of the other gigapans I’ve done, this
shot pretty much just happened. I was driving
past, on my way home after a weekend of
gigapaning. I decided to stop and take a look. I
went out into the meadow and wandered around until
I found this spot. Seeing my lucky timing, the
rock face was well lit, I ran back to the car and
grabbed everything and set up the shot. It
actually took two attempts to produce this shot on
this afternoon. The first attempt failed part way
through due to a dead battery. Gigspans like this
are really hard on batteries and I’ve had problems
on several occasions. It took a while to work out
the kinks. I now have a workflow established where
I can reliably produce quality shots like this.
But it has taken some trial and many errors.
Freshly charged batteries are important! One
interesting aspect of Gigapanning is the
time-delay aspect. A large pano takes me up to 2
hours to shoot. If your object of interest is in
the center or right of the frame you have to start
the gigapan an hour or more before the lighting is
correct for that object! This gigapan was produced
using a Beta Gigapan and a Canon SX10IS zoomed to
the max zoom of 560mm equiv. 1333 shots were taken
over the course of an hour. It was stitched using
the Gigapan stitcher V0.4.3864 and exported as a
PS *.raw file. This file was then edited in order
to crop and adjust levels/contrast/etc. I’ve not
done an extensive search for climbers. However the
ones you’ve found are not ones I had found. There
are more there! It would not surprise me if you
were to find more than I was aware of.
This is a spectacular GigaPan, Joel! Of course, it
helps to have a great subject, but I'm very
impressed by the composition and execution, as
well. I'd love it if you'd share a little
more information about how you composed this one.
Since the metadata isn't there I'm sure
you've cleaned it up a bit in Photoshop(?).
I'd really like to know in what order you shot
the images? Clearly there was a good deal of
planning to scout the best vantage point and the
right time of day to minimize shadows. Any other
metadata or technique info you'd be willing to
share would be welcome, too. I'm sure we'd
all like to know the camera make and stitching
software used, for starters. And for the record,
the three climbers I was able to positively
identify can't be all of them, can they? How
many did you spot? Once again, wonderful job! Keep
up the great work! Ron
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