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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 merge.

Visit the PTGui web site.


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