Saturday, May 15, 2010

Panorama~ Little River Rapids

This week's image was made on a rainy day during my recent trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. But wait...this isn't a single image. This scene of the Little River Rapids by the Tremont Campgrounds is made up of 10 images!

Often, I find myself unable to capture a scene in a single frame, and so I resort to creating panorama images. I have created panoramas from as little as two images and as many as 16!

Good composition is important in any image, but takes even more thought when creating a panorama. A visually successful panorama usually has an anchor point at each end of the stitched image.

When creating this scene in the camera, I was very aware of the log to the left that leads the eye down the river, as well as the leaves hanging from above on the far right adding interest to scene and giving the eye something to study above the calm stretch of water. The diagonal line, achieved by shooting the scene obliquely, adds to the strength of the image. (Please click on the image to enlarge it for easier viewing)

To accomplish a successful panorama of this scene, I had my camera mounted on a tri-pod. (OK, I admit it- sometimes I hand hold the camera to create them, which will be a topic for a future blog entry) I photographed the scene from left to right, overlapping each image by about 25%. The exposure and focus remained the same throughout the series of images.

Upon my return home, I created the final image I had pre-visualized in the field by stitching my 10 frames together using Arcsoft Panorama Maker 3.0.

Each frame in this series was made with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II,
Canon 24-105mm f 4.0 IS lens, 2.5 seconds @ f 16, ISO 50

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