Abandoned house panorama

This pano shot needs some work, but the idea was good and I spent a LOT of time editing out exposure differences between frames by hand so I figured I better post it.

 

Feel free to rip it apart if you want -see if you can point out all the mistakes I made on it.

 

I wrote up some tips on what I've learned about doing pano's since taking this shot here: muddybootsphotography.blogspot.com/2008/03/panorama-how-t...

 

 

 

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  • Jim Frazier 7y

    I think it came out OK. Snow shots are tough.
  • Laveen Photography (aka cyclis451) 7y

    Saw your photography_beginners message. I do not believe in ripping anyone, but I know what you mean. I is nice to hear other peoples suggestions. So here are some of my thoughts:

    Using the angle you have here, consider just focusing on the house and not the entire panorama. I have suggested one possible crop. Also, if you are up close you may see other angles. From your title, you were interested in the house, so zoom in on it. By focusing on the house and mayb the tree, I think you will make it a more interesting shot. I went to all sizes and looked at the larger size photo and I think the house has some interesting patterns and textures to siding. A closer up photo would catch some of that.

    Also, the camera was not horizontal. If you look at the house, it is tilted a bit toward the left side of the photo (you can also see it in the utility pole. It is a minor thing, but the human eye and brain catches the tilt.

    You might also benefit from some post processing. My thought is that overall the photo is too bright. I think you could decrease the brightness some and work with the highlights and shadows. Also, I use Corel Paint Shop Pro and it has an adjustment they call clarify. I have no idea what it really does, but it seems to bring out some of the contrasts and I use that a lot and like the effect (which I guess I should if I am using it).

    I hope this is helpful and it is only my perspective. A lot really has to do with what you are looking for in your photograph.

    Hope you had a great Christmas.

    PS

    I just went to your profile. Now I understand. This is a test - maybe. Regardless, this is a good exercise for me to improve my photography. I do hope you will return the favor and rip a few of my photos :>).
  • Sharaf 7y

    * The color of the snow looks a bit strange (pinkish). Is this a white balance thing?
    * I think the sky is over-exposed around the middle part.
    * Not sure what the portion to the right of the house is adding in terms of interest?
    * Tilted horizon, or an actual slope? Not sure.

    I'm kind of guessing what you want us to find.
  • ah17327 7y

    It is good that one can't see where it has been stitched. I like the lead in line which takes you to the house and away again. I agree with the other commentators about the snow colour, it does look a bit pink. Is it possible with the software you use to change the vertical line of the house, unless it does tip to the left. My last minor niggle concerns the two electricity pylons near the house, I would have been tempted to use the healing brush to get rid of them.

    That said, I think as it stands it is a good picture.
    Have a good Christmas.
  • Erica Marshall 7y

    Color of the snow: This is something I hadn't factored into my list of things that were wrong w/ the photo. A custom WB was done using the snow, then blended manually where the photo was stitched (a BIG pain)! But since many people are saying it looks pinkish, I'll have to go back and see if it's true and whether the problem lies in my eyes or in my software :-(.

    Focus: Because this is a stitched shot, I couldn't focus just on the house and have the rest OOF since focus was set different for each shot. I guess I could have manually focused on the house and left it where it was for the rest of the photos that make up the pano, but then the pano idea would be pointless. -There is a focus-ish issue in this shot, though...

    Tilted Horizon: Yep. I do this a lot. And I didn't notice it until I put more than an hour into getting the exposure and WB differences smoothed out between frames. >:-P

    Brightness: I don't see a problem there. I exposed for the house & to get the snow white and I think I achieved both. The sky's a bit blown out, but I don't find it distracting -I think it makes iti look that much colder and more bleak.

    The pano idea: I think the right side is interesting because of the bales of hay. I love those bales and they dot the countryside around here. They are the reason I went for the pano & I think there's enough interest to justify the pano (at least for me).

    Stitching Are you SURE it looks seamless???

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    Thanks ah17327 for the idea about changing the tilt of the house instead of trying to tilt and clone or crop the entire photo!

    cyclist This is a test for some, but I'm not above learning what I can if someone has tips or ideas for this picture or for my next pano shot (I'm not new to photography, but I am new to pano's).
  • Laveen Photography (aka cyclis451) 7y

    I relooked at the photo. I do not think the color is off, or at least not off by much. I think the pinkish cast is actually the grass under the snow. If you go to full size you can see that it is not a very deep snow cover and a lot of grass pokes through. What do you think?
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