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    Bokeh Panorama (aka The Brenizer Method) - This picture is 51 frames stitched together. Bokeh and depth of field is 100% mechanical and was not added in post. It would not be physically possible for any (35mm) lens to achieve this depth of field with this compression from this point of view.

    I should say, this was the first one I've done with the Nikon D800. Without a doubt I won't be able to do it with RAW files anymore. I was hitting the buffer and it was slowing me down. It's not a big deal to set them to smaller JPEGs since I end up exporting the working images as JPEGs before I merge them anyway.

    See more of my bokeh panoramas here.

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    1. Wily Wanka 25 months ago | reply

      The brenizer has come out really really well. Fabulous!

    2. Sean Molin Photography 25 months ago | reply

      Haha. I don't exist IRL.

      The effect is most exaggerated the faster your lens, but I also find that anything wider than 85mm is difficult because of perspective issues. I have done one with a 50mm once, and it was a struggle trying to overcome the corner distortion when stitching the frames together.... the end result looked quite wild though: www.flickr.com/photos/seanmolin/5703665673/in/set-7215762...

      The bottom line is that the longer the lens, the cleaner the image looks, and the easier the stitching job... but the more shots you need to cover your subject. 85mm tends to be the absolute best balance I've found... but I know that Ryan Brenizer has even done some at 200mm and they are breathtaking... but that would require a LOT of shot discipline.

    3. ChrGaines Photography 25 months ago | reply

      I JUST read this explaination which is quite helpful to hear. I just recently bought a 85mm f/1.4 lens which I LOVE but the learning curve is quite huge. I wish to achieve this look with my lens but I still have yet to practice on a person. I find focusing being hard because some areas I want to be in focus are not in focus.

    4. BillChristian 25 months ago | reply

      Great photo! Do you use something like GigaPan or do you take the photos manually?

    5. Brock Whittaker Photography 25 months ago | reply

      Hands down one of the best Brenizer Method shots I have ever seen.

    6. Sean Molin Photography 25 months ago | reply

      I merge them with Autopan Giga. Photoshop NEVER worked for me.

    7. Sean Molin Photography 25 months ago | reply

      That's a massive compliment. Thank you!

    8. Sean Molin Photography 25 months ago | reply

      Another tip, Chris... set your AF-ON button to control focus, and remove that action from the shutter. Allow the shutter to ONLY control the shutter... and the AF-ON button to control AF.

      That way you can set your AF, and pressing your shutter down doesn't screw it up. This method is many times called "Backbutton focusing."

    9. BillChristian 25 months ago | reply

      I meant do you move the camera manually or do you use a robotic camera mount? When I do panos I don't do so many shots but it seems like with this many shots it might be a little hard to do by hand. I have been using PTAssembler but I'll check out the AutoPan Giga. I'm going to try to do a shot like this soon, it's so neat. I like your other Brenizer shots also.

    10. Michael Ver Sprill 25 months ago | reply

      Wow... Brenizer with a D800... that file must have been massive but well worth it, GREAT SHOT!

    11. Malhas© 25 months ago | reply

      Lovely work!

    12. Sean Molin Photography 25 months ago | reply

      For this type of pano, a tripod really isn't necessary. You don't want to move much from where you are, but I've never ran into any issues by just holding it.

      Haha. What I do is select all the images in Lightroom, enable auto sync, and then I edit the first frame the way I want the whole image to be. LR then automatically applies it to every frame. Lens and vignette correction is a good plus here. THEN once all the frames are edited, I export them as JPEGs (the size depends on how many frames I took but for larger ones I generally do ~2000px), then I blend those. It keeps my working size down considerably. But after cropping off the edges, I usually aim for 6-8k pixels on the long edge for my final file.

      But the bottom line is that I RAW convert and edit my image before I assemble it, which lets me work with smaller files.

    13. BillChristian 25 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the information. I have been making simple panoramas for years but my software PTAssembler hasn't been easy to line up images so I never thought of a hand held panorama of a person. I've always tried to align things carefully and take my photos with a bracket and with my spacing planned in advance.

      I've been trying to make large format panoramas with a sliding back on a 4x5 but that didn't work too well. I also tried a 4x5 scanning back and that was too much fuss.

      Thanks for sharing your methods. Your photos look great! I'm eager to try one, perhaps this weekend when the rain stops.

    14. Josh Liba 24 months ago | reply

      I was searching pics tagged "brenizer method" and this came up. Great post! Awesomely done man.

    15. Michael Ver Sprill 24 months ago | reply

      thanks for the breakdown of your work flow! I usually import the raws with PS4 and then walk away from my computer for a few minutes why it does its thing... i'll play a video game or something to kill time cuz sometimes it takes a while lol

    16. TOUGEFC 24 months ago | reply

      Amazing Sean!

    17. David Dufourq 24 months ago | reply

      Beautiful photo. Love the blurred background. Gives in a 3D character!

    18. giani_p 23 months ago | reply

      this is the unique piece of art... no more words

    19. Rod Casro 17 months ago | reply

      amazing work, congratulations...

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