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Spoon Bay 180 Degree View by MattLauder Spoon Bay 180 Degree View by MattLauder
This shot is no award winner but it is done with a new shooting method I have been playing with when it comes to stitching images.

Stitching seascape is plagued with challenges with water movement alignment being the top of the list.

Traditionally I have been shooting all digital panoramics with my camera in portrait mode and a stitch like this (about 180 degree view) would be made of atleast 15 images and when cropped / flattened will be about 400MB @ 240 dpi. In todays world of printing who really needs a file that big for every day printing use.

So for my seascapes I have been shooting my 5D Mk II in landscape and a stitch like this is made up of half the images and also is half the final file size. But what I do have is excellent blending of water movement. The blending is so good (CS3) that I can retouch the water in a matter of minutes. Where with the old portrait mode it would take a great deal of time and then there would be occasions that the shot really cant be fixed.

If I was out bush and wanted to do a stitch then I would still shoot a digital panoramic in portrait mode for the file size. But for seascape this is my new method.

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Bjay70 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
Makes sense to help overcome problems with the motion from the water. I usually use portrait format to help overcome lens distortion issues.
MattLauder Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
Depends on which lens you are using. I stitch with a 50% overlap so distortion isnt an issue
Bjay70 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
I often use a 17-40L canon f4 but try to keep at the 40mm end to reduce distortion. I also allow around a 50% overlap so do not have stitching issues except for the occasional very unusual shape in the resulting panorama prior to cropping which I try to correct with the 'correct lens distortion' filter in cs4. My 70-200 has minimal distortion when I use it.
MattLauder Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
Also when stitching with a flat horizon line you have to keep in mind lens barreling as well this will post a bigger issue that lens distortion. I have stitched at 17 mm on the 17- 40 mm with no errors. When I stitch with my 70-200 2.8 the panoramics are fantastic.
Bjay70 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
I have some at 17mm with no errors provided there is plenty of overlap and the foreground objects are not too close. I think my best ones have been taken on my 70-200 f4. I do not get to the coast often enough to have tried many with flat horizons. I have found stitching in PS can be corrected by using the 'correct lens distortion' tool to both adjust the distortion and straighten the horizon prior to stitching, the resulting output image is a different shape.
MattLauder Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
I find the lens distortion tool can really kill your images on the edges. For me if it isnt there in capture I just re shoot it.
Bjay70 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Good point. Unfortunately I do not often have the time to go back though. I try to keep the tool to a minimum.
lori77 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
Great colors, wonderful composition, amazing place.
NewYvev Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sametimenxtyr Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Amazing!!! :heart:
WildWinyan Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009   Photographer
maxre Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Photographer
Great job Matt. been using your blending process along with some luminosity masks for mine lately. I've definitely seen a lot more response since I've started using those techniques.
radu-jm Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
I would love to see a video tutorial!
Superb image!
I'm looking forward in buying more tuts for you!
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November 15, 2009
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Camera Data

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/4 second
Focal Length
24 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Nov 14, 2009, 6:30:17 PM