Dettifoss in the evening

This panoramic image was stitched from five images in portrait orientation. I used a neutral density filter with 10 f-stops to get an exposure of 8 seconds.

Dettifoss (8 sec.)
Dettifoss (8 sec.)

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Camera Maker: SONY
Camera Model: SLT-A99
Exposure Time (sec): 8
F-Number: 6.3
Focal Length (mm): 70
Lens: Sony 70mm-200mm/2.8 G(D)SSM
ISO: 50

Long time exposure at Goðafoss (at day)

This image is a panoramic image in rectilinear projection. It’s stitched from 4 images in landscape orientation. Each of the images was taken with a neutral density filter (10 f-stops) to get an exposure time of 8 seconds.

Goðafoss at day (8 sec.)
Goðafoss at day (8 sec.)

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Camera Maker: SONY
Camera Model: SLT-A99
Exposure Time (sec): 8
F-Number: 8
Focal Length (mm): 70
Lens: Sony 70mm-200mm/2.8 G(D)SSM
ISO: 50

Long time exposure at Goðafoss (at night)

This image is a panoramic image in rectilinear projection. It’s stitched from 10 images in portrait orientation. Each of the images was taken with a neutral density filter (10 f-stops) to get an exposure time of 15 seconds.

Goðafoss at night (15 sec.)
Goðafoss at night (15 sec.)

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Camera Maker: SONY
Camera Model: SLT-A99
Exposure Time (sec): 15
F-Number: 9
Focal Length (mm): 160
Lens: Sony 70mm-200mm/2.8 G(D)SSM
ISO: 50

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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Bridge over the Ostrach near Bad Hindelang in the winter

This is the second panoramic image which I shot with my first DSLR camera. I took eight images in two rows in landscape orientation. The size of the resulting image is 9080 x 3709 pixel.

Bridge over the river Ostrach near Bad Hindelang
Bridge over the river Ostrach near Bad Hindelang
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Camera Maker: KONICA MINOLTA
Camera Model: DYNAX 7D
Exposure Time (sec): 1/80
F-Number: 8
Focal Length (mm): 70
Lens: Minolta 28-70mm/2.8
ISO: 100

Panorama at Aratiatia Rapids

Despite the resolution of only 5 megapixels of one of the original images the stitched image has 55 megapixel due to its high number of source images. For this panorama I used 22 images in landscape orientation.

The Aratiatia Rapids are flooded every two hours from the dammed section of the Waikato river.

Aratiatia Rapids
Aratiatia Rapids

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Camera Maker: CONTAX
Camera Model: Tvs Digital
Exposure Time (sec): 1/250
F-Number: 6.7
Focal Length (mm): 105
Lens: Contax Tvs Digital
ISO: 80

Tawhai Falls in Tongariro National Park

This panorama was stitched from three images in landscape orientation. Each of the original images has 5 megapixel. The resolution of the final image is 5120 pixel by 2880 pixel.

Tawhai Falls in Tongariro National Park
Tawhai Falls in Tongariro National Park

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Camera Maker: CONTAX
Camera Model: Tvs Digital
Exposure Time (sec): 1/90
F-Number: 6.7
Focal Length (mm): 85
Lens: Contax Tvs Digital
ISO: 80

Standing at the Franz-Josef-Glacier in New Zealand (2004)

This image was stitched from eleven images in mixed orientation (landscape and portrait). The final image is 7033 x 3303 pixels

Franz-Josef-Glacier
Franz-Josef-Glacier

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Camera Maker: CONTAX
Camera Model: Tvs Digital
Exposure Time (sec): 1/180
F-Number: 4.9
Focal Length (mm): 21.9
Lens: Contax Tvs Digital
ISO: 100