Here’s a pano from my recent river walk. This image, or set of images has been the most complicated for me to process to date and has taken a fair deal of time to get right, both fading light and people out for an evening stroll have cause issues. I’ve learnt a lot on the way though. Shooting at this time in the evening has its own issues without trying to shoot sets of seven brackets. This was particularly hard as each set took around 2-3 minutes to shoot and with the sun setting by the time I had shot the whole pano the light was TOTALLY different to how it was when I started.
Processing has been quite fiddly:
– Initially I just tried one properly exposed image to see if everything would line up correctly, which after a little tweaking was okay, but I wasn’t happy with the sharpness and texture, so HDR was the way forward, after all, I’d shot brackets so I might as well use them.
– Second attempt I used PM batch processing after finding a decent set of tone mapping settings. This however presented both ghosting from long exposure and a horrible halo in places, so back to the drawing board.
– Third attempt and I have de-ghosted as much as possible within PM. I’ve also set-up a different tonal mapping. The first cut is somewhat ‘bright’ but looks okay. Each image then has to be inspected in Photoshop and some manual masking applied to get rid of any blown artefacts from the HDR selection.
– Finally I was able to import the images to PTGiu for lining up and panorama processing. Once I was happy with the composition and that everything was okay the composite was processed.
– The penultimate step is made through Photoshop, with my normal processing technique. This was a little fiddly due to the full size of the image. There was a fair deal of cloning to remove shadows of my tripod.
– To create the 360 Pano2VR is employed, this a an easy step with only a little masking to be carried out at the nadir point to hide my tripod.