Raw Recovery with ‘Oloneo Photo Engine’

Yesterday I presented a somewhat older panoramic image from 2006. Usually I don’t need that much time to reach a result which matches my vision. My standard workflow for panoramic images starts with loading all the files in the raw converter. I choose a common white balance for all images and unify exposure, shadows, and other parameters which have to be identical among every source image. After stitching I got the following result:

Castle Rock near Lynton (Devon, England)
Only global exposure set in raw converter

I was really disappointed. In my imagination the view just was stunning. But what I saw on the screen was really dull and boring. I tried to achieve a better result with adding masks and doing some dodging and burning, but I didn’t reach my goal of a spectacular image. So I left the files on the harddisk and they were buried in oblivion.

Recently I purchased Olonoe Photo Engine in order to use it for my high dynamic range workflow of spherical panoramas. Independently of that fact, I was recently crawling through the sphericals of our website and I stumbled upon the panorama PanoTwin Jürgen shooting Castle Rock. So I browsed my database for the images and found the long forgotten files of Castle Rock on my hardddisk. Immediately I realised that this image is a good candidate for the mode ‘raw recovery’ of Olonoe Photo Engine. So here is the result after playing a bit with the parameters:

Castle Rock near Lynton (Devon, England)
Raw recovery applied in Oloneo Photo Engine

So I choose the ‘raw recovered’ image as new base image of my tweaks. Again I applied some dodging and burning, but now the image matched my vision when I was standing at the coast of Lynton and looking towards Castle Rock. And this is the final result:

Castle Rock near Lynton (Devon, England)
Final image after tweaking in Photoshop

As Olonoe Photo Engine is capable of processing TIFF images with a bit depth of 16bit, be sure to start your panoramic imagery with images in RAW mode of your camera. And for best results stick to a full 16bit workflow.

Camera Maker: KONICA MINOLTA
Camera Model: DYNAX 7D
Exposure Time (sec): 1/500
F-Number: 5.6
Focal Length (mm): 28
Lens: Minolta 28-70mm/2.8
ISO: 100

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Castle Rock near Lynton (Devon, England)

Nearly six years ago we’ve been at the Panotools-Meeting in Bath. After the sessions we toured the south-west of England four another two weeks. And while taking a little hike near Lynton I took this panorama. And finally today I consider this image as completely post-processed 🙂

Castle Rock near Lynton (Devon, England)
Final image after tweaking in Photoshop

Panotwin Markus made a spherical while I was shooting a mosaic of this view. Back in 2006 I used a Konica Minolta Dynax 7D which had 6 Megapixel. As the shot was hand-held and I wanted to make sure not to forget some portions of the view, I chose an overlap of approximately 50%. So I ended up with 20 images (4 columns with 5 rows in landscape orientation). The final panorama has a resolution of only 42 Megapixel. But hey, this was nearly six years ago!

Camera Maker: KONICA MINOLTA
Camera Model: DYNAX 7D
Exposure Time (sec): 1/500
F-Number: 5.6
Focal Length (mm): 28
Lens: Minolta 28-70mm/2.8
ISO: 100

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Ludwig-Maximilians-University Areaway

The Ludwigs Maximilians University has been founded in 1472 in Ingolstadt and moved to Munich in 1826. This panorama shows the areaway between the main entrance and the lecture hall.


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Bauma 2007 Crane Forest

The Bauma in Munich is the largest fair in the world with an area of 555.000 m². It takes place every third year and has a large open air ground. The official tower of the Munich fair can be seen in the panorama on the left with the blue sign near the top. It is 86m high. Many of the cranes are even taller! The original panorama was stitched from 15×3 portrait images that gives a final resolution of 14768×6000 pixels. The Konica Minolta Dynax 7D has a resolution of only 6 Megapixel.

Bauma 2007 Crane Forest
Bauma 2007 Crane Forest

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Camera Maker: KONICA MINOLTA
Camera Model: DYNAX 7D
Exposure Time (sec): 1/1000
F-Number: 6.7
Focal Length (mm): 200
Lens: Other
ISO: 100

PanoTwin Jürgen shooting Castle Rock

PanoTwin Jürgen shooting Castle Rock near Lynton.


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Camera Maker: KONICA MINOLTA
Camera Model: DYNAX 7D
Exposure Time (sec): 1/750
F-Number: 8
Focal Length (mm): 8
Lens: Sigma 8mm/F4
ISO: 100

Ponte Lombardo, Venice

Ponte Lombardo in Venice spans over Rio Malpago
and ends at Fondamente de la Toletta.


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Camera Maker: KONICA MINOLTA
Camera Model: DYNAX 7D
Exposure Time (sec): 1/1500
F-Number: 8
Focal Length (mm): 8
Lens: Sigma 8mm/F4
ISO: 3200

Bridge over Rio Malpaga at Rio de le Elemente

The two rivers are in reality two canals in Venice, Italy. They meet just below the bridge, the pano was shot on.


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Camera Maker: KONICA MINOLTA
Camera Model: DYNAX 7D
Exposure Time (sec): 1/350
F-Number: 8
Focal Length (mm): 8
Lens: Sigma 8mm/F4
ISO: 3200