Burrard Bridge, Panography

Article: Panographies: How to turn a bunch of images into one work of art.


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  • Nicole Leung 8y

    See, that totally doesn't show the rainy day we went through at all.
  • Arezu 8y

  • Matt Simpson 8y

    @nini: Yeah, it turned out pretty ok!

    @arezu: thanks!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Thomas Milne 8y

    Ooh, those diagonal shots of the whatever-their-called things that hold up the bridge really make this stand out. Nice one!
  • Matt Simpson 8y

    @Tom: Thanks! That was the point!
  • Cedric Chambaz 8y

    Quick questions Matt:
    - do you use a tripod?
    - do you move or take all your shots from the very same place?
    - what kind of angle are you shooting at?

    The few I have produced were shot with an extra-wide angle point-and-shoot hold in my tiny hands with my both feet anchored in the ground in an attempt to have maximum consistency in the various shots.
    The result was that I was still experiencing slight depth differences and a tendancy to see lines curving when stiching everything together. Both elements are not seen on your compilations.
    Thanks for your answers
  • Matt Simpson 8y

    @Cedric, To answer your questions:

    1. No tripod
    2. I plant my feet and try to only turn my body (ie: remain as stationary as possible)
    3. if you mean focal length, every photo in this one is at 85mm. I try to zoom in as much as possible to create as much overlap as possible. I often use my 50mm (which is 78ish effective on my crop body) to avoid accidentally changing the focal length (if it changes, the photos are way harder to line up).

    If I had to guess I'd say that your lines are curving because you're zoomed out on your wide angle. Most lenses distort when you zoom out to max, so maybe try zooming in a bunch more. Also? More photos == better. The more photos you layer the more any slight inconsistencies are covered up by the layering.

    Hope this helps!
  • Cedric Chambaz 8y

    Thanks Matt for these explanations... I also tend too have too many pictures. But as you mentionned, using a very wide-angle (i.e. 23mm), it tends to create a distorsion. I will try next time with a shorter focal length.
  • Matt Simpson 8y

    Too many photos isn't a bad thing, though. I usually take around 2x as many as I use. In my mind, it's better to have way too many than just a few not enough.

    Plus, it lets you pick and choose to some degree which ones you use. For example, this one is 56 images, but I took closer to 90.
  • Cedric Chambaz 8y

    I tend to follow the same 1:2 ratio... It is then just a matter of selecting what brings something to the montage and what does not.
  • Matt Simpson 8y

    This is all true Cedric!

    Seen in your Panographies set. (?)
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