Image taken Friday, May 4, 2012. Posted Thursday, May 17, 2012
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A panoramic view of the Brisbane river, including the Story Bridge, northern bank buildings, blue skies and white fluffy clouds.

Location:

Riverside, Brisbane
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

This is my first experiment with Hugin to generate a panorama. The image is made up of 12 source images. I originally shot this as a 9-bracketed exposure HDR as well but that didn't work out so well. Definitely will try the HDR panorama on something else next time.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Filters: Polariser
Exposure: 1/800" @ f/8, ISO 400 (12 images (Manual mode, to ensure same exposure throughout the whole panorama))

Post processing:

Hugin -

  1. Load all images, press combine. This took about 30-45 minutes to process, with no manual adjustments required.
Lightroom 4 -
  1. Spot Adjustment - over the whole image excluding the blues of the sky: exposure +0.5 stops, clarity +75.

The wash-up:

I would have included another six images pointing downward, to include more of the fence in front.

I also made the rookie mistake of leaving image stabiliser on. It is useless for tripod, and can make things worse.

I originally wanted to do an HDR panorama, but that is not as easy! Hugin took >24 hours and still had not completed. I gave up. There are a few other options for an HDR panorama which I'll try later on.

What would you do?

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3 Responses to “Brisbane Riverside Panorama”

  1. Al

    Thats really well done, Sheridan. The unbroken handrail through the shot is a pro move and very hard to do with panos. Tip for HDR, more a shortcut, create the pano first, keep it in PNG or TIFF all the way through (uncompressed) then when you’re done make 3-or-more versions of the file (+/-3.0 or greater) and HDR those. Finish that off as per normal to JPG for upload and viola` you’ve just shortcut the HDR pano. Hugin is good but itgets finicky with large files and 16-bit HDR TIFFs.

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  2. Al Warren

    Thats really well done, Sheridan. The unbroken handrail through the shot is a pro move and very hard to do with panos. Tip for HDR, more a shortcut, create the pano first, keep it in PNG or TIFF all the way through (uncompressed) then when you're done make 3-or-more versions of the file (+/-3.0 or greater) and HDR those. Finish that off as per normal to JPG for upload and viola` you've just shortcut the HDR pano. Hugin is good but itgets finicky with large files and 16-bit HDR TIFFs.

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