The panorama images on this are all created by stitching
together exposures from a digital camera.
I am finding that creating panoramic images is very
much like working with large format cameras. You have to be very deliberate
in deciding what to photograph, because there is quite a lot of work
involved in setting up the camera.
It's a slower more methodical approach than normal
shooting, and as with large format photography has a very high hit
rate, most images are worth keeping.
While not all images in this gallery are of the
true panorama format, ie. with a ratio >= 3:1, they have all been
created with panorama software. Therefore, for the purposes of this
web site, I call them panoramas, even if they are square.
In the technical part of each gallery page, FOV
stands for Field of View, therefore FOV 220 means that the photo covers
an angle of 220 degrees in width (or height if it's a vertical photo).
The panorama size is the number of horizontal and
vertical photos, for example "4x3 panorama" means three
rows of four photos were combined to make the final image.
The graphic below shows some typical examples.
What software is used?
After trying several other well-known stitching programs I settled
on PTGui. I could get no other program to properly merge the images,
especially when there were objects close to the lens (and I do rotate
around the lens's nodal point).
Some years ago PTGui used to be a bit more fiddly
than the others, mostly because you had to manually define control
points so it knew what points on image boundaries correspond to
the same place in each adjoining image. Even then it was worth the
effort to get a properly stitched panorama.
However it now has an "idiot mode" that
will automatically generate the control points, I find this works
really well 99% of the time. Very occasionally I have to go in and
set a few control points manually.
This program actually works, producing well-stitched
panoramic images requiring minimal work in Photoshop to complete the
the PTGui web site.