Panorama of North Jerusalem
Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 21, 2009
It was too quiet at work today. Is everyone sleeping off the heavy eating of Rosh Hashanah? Or has the fast of Tzom Gedaliah induced a catatonic state in the project managers at work? I went out on the fifth floor balcony and tried shooting a panorama of Jerusalem looking towards the neighbourhood of Ramot. It’s hard to get the full impact of the photo here. If you click the photo and go to the Flickr page, you can see the larger sizes.
I learned some things:
1. If there are clouds in the sky on a windy day, it’s nearly impossible to align them.
2. Seven photos is probably a bit too many for a beginner. I should have started with something less ambitious, like three or four photos.
3. The Photomerge function in Photoshop requires quite a lot of computer power, so it’s a good idea to downsize the photos first, unless you enjoy staring at an hourglass for 20 minutes.
4. Fix exposure problems in the camera. If the photos are too dark, they are going to be hard to align. I did a test shot on the sixth floor, then walked down to the fifth floor, chatting with a friend on the way. Probably 15-20 minutes had elapsed, long enough for the sun to sink, more clouds to blow around, etc. I should have done another test shot but I didn’t think of it at the time.
5. Don’t even think about fixing the exposure problems in the individual photos and then merging. It just isn’t worth the headache.
6. Allow plenty of overlap because you’re going to have to crop a lot more than you expected: “Whew! Finally got the horizon nicely aligned. Oh, darn, those roads at the bottom don’t meet….”
This panorama shot is made from seven separate photos, taken with a polarizing filter.