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Loch Tulla Panoramic Reflection

Loch Tulla Panoramic Reflection
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-06
Categories: Mountain, River, Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 24-105mm F/4.0 L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Lee Filter System
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Scotland - Feb 2007
Theme(s): Doug's favourite landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-06 7:28
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
OK, I did originally promise this panorama back in March when I posted Mirror Image, but it has taken me a while (life just got in the way).

The weather that day was stunningly beautiful and very cold. Exceptionally cold conditions and freezing fog had created unusually calm conditions causing many professional photographers to be out taking shots as well, so I had to find a different location to get some shots.

This was taken just off the A82 where the loch meets the road, only then I climbed a fence and got down to the loch shore (along with serveral pro's who were out that day as well). Moving well away from them got me this shot and serveral more like it.

The first steps in taking a series of shots like this is to make sure that you use exactly the same shutter speed and F-Stop throughout the entire series.

The second is to make sure that you leave about a 1/3 of a picture overlap so that alignment software has plenty of reference points to work with.

The third and probably the most obvious is that you need to ensure that the horizon is in the same place on all of the pictures, so a tripod is useful here.

The fourth and not so obvious is that the film or sensor is the point of rotation when rotating the camera left and right, not the lens or the tripod stand. Special tripod heads are available for this purpose.

The fifth is the conversion software (if digital format is used) that you use to convert the RAW images to jpeg or tif with. If you lighten one picture or add saturation, it must be applied equally to all pictures (otherwise using the same exposure settings for the pictures is a waste of time).

Finally it is the software you use to create the panoramic image with. I am a great fan of a piece of software from ArcSoft called Panorama Maker. All the software is for is stiching pictures together and nothing else. I have both versions v3.5 and v4, but actually prefer the older version.

Techincal stuff. Well each picture is a full frame picture, taken with a 0.3 hard edge graduated neutral denisty filter over the top half of the picture. The histogram was balanced on one picture and then all of those settings copied over to the other 3 pictures before each picture was converetd to jpeg. The 4 converted jpegs were then loaded into Panorama Maker and stitched together. The resulting picture was then resized and a touch of sharpening applied.

All else is exactly as it was that day (minus the cold ;-))... Enjoy

PaulH, JoseMiguel, SunToucher, horia, SelenE, marioana, fartash, the-traveller, garyfudge, vanderschelden, Alex99, Jamesp, pablominto, dougsphotos, Evelynn, mikou, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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To claudine: thank youAramok 2 06-15 08:31
To SunToucher: hiAramok 2 06-06 09:48
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-06 7:52]
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Hi Emma,

i take it this was taken just to the right of yesterdays post? Simply beautiful Emma, the stitching is near on seemless. The large version does this justice, interesting and helpful not too.



Hi Emma,
I know exactly what do you mean when you said: "life just got in the way"!!!
The important thing is that we finally see your LP.
I must say is a very impressive one, it really deserves the large post to enjoy and appreciate all the magnificent details and the beauty of the place.
It's amazing how such a wide view can form a great composition in that extended format.
Very interesting and usefull all the considerations given in your notes.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Emma,
That is surely an awesome view. I am just flabbergasted by the perfect flat surface of the lake. It did make the mirroring effect of this photo wonderful. The details in the large version are very good.
Reading your note, I noticed you mentioned the technique for the rotation. This is known to me, but I an wonderful if you have a special panohead. If not, how do you control the correct rotation? Do you use exposure block to keep the same settings?

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-06 8:29]
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Emma, this is simply fantstic!!!!

The picture itself is amazing and the exact atmosphere you managed to transcend to us through it is also exceptional!
Just looking at those colors, at that water and at those perfect reflection we really feel as if we could be there...your right, we don't feel that cold that much :))))

The tech-stuf here is simply impeccable! There realyl is no pint in taking each element and telling you over and over again how great it is.

Also a big thanks for the very constructive note to us beginners of panoramas! It comes in handy :)

Just one thing: here we see a photo with some black borders on top and below. The LP is without them, just the small and discreet frame. I'm guessing you added those black margins in order to fir the "minimum 250 pixels" limit, right?

Anyway, a big congratulations for this brilliant post!
Bravo and TFS

Hi Emma.
Awesome job. Did well getting away from the pros, although from this effort you could blend right in. Very beautiful light and amazing reflections. Very well done.
Regards, Steve.

Hello Emma
What can I say?Wonderful shot,
Perfect composition and lighting,
Fantastic POV,Superb Panorama friend


Hi Emma,

a nice traditional shot. Well composed, edited and the result is quite seemless.


Hi Emma,
Good technical work!
Beautiful panorama.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-06 15:23]

Hi Emma.
What a great note you have wrote. I am impressed. I like the pictured place and quality of the picture so much. Amazing landscape, reflection, composition and colours. Bravo and TFS.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-06 18:29]

Hi Emma

What a stunning posting. The colours and composition are wonderful.


Hello Emma,
A wonderful composition!
Great colours and details, but most impressive is the reflection! I know very well how long you may have to wait to get calm conditions like that in the mountains...
Very attractive work!
Pablo -

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-07 3:52]
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Hi Emma,
Excellent work! You created a really great panorama. Landscape is beautiful, composition, colors and light is wonderful. Bravo and TFS.

Hi Emma,

A beautiful image, both in terms of the scene itself (stunning view, lighting and calm reflections....) and in terms of the technical skills - fantastically done, and thanks for the helpful note. Might try one one day...!

Great work, as ever.
TFS, Doug

Hi Emma,

You managed some really nice pano work here. I'm still trying to figure out how to manage it with my ball head tripod. Thanks for the advice. It's a lovely image.

Evelynn : )

Hi Emma, love these Pan shots you give us. VERY beautiful landscape, and wonderful mood capture. Splendid light and contrast in the photo. There is no doubt I was blown away by the raw beauty of the Highlands. I suppose I got to see about 70% of what I wanted. I really wanted to see Handa Island as you recommended but the weather turned real bad further north. Orkney was definitely out. Anyhow, very nice work.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-12 10:04]

Hi Emma.
Beautiful panoramic cold and clear picture.And large version is great.I like horizon in the middle of picture and blurred mirroring in water.Wondeful composition with very nice colors and amazing light.Superb done this landscape and very useful note too!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

It's a great panorama Emma with good relections. Love how the far left and right shorelines kinda cradle the image. Best, Brat.

What a great place to be Emma, with or without the Pro's because you are ONE of them so; your place is more than justified: Look at the result! I'll be back later, time for me to read your notes correctly and to look again at this magnificent scenery. At first sight, it looks like a painting, wow!

bonjour emma
la symetrie est vraiment parfaite,superbe reflet.

Hello Emma,
what a beautiful panoramic it is too! The water...like a mirror....wow...must of taken your breath away to stand there....amazing..TFS

Thanks so much for your comments on my photo " My Visitor (28)" :o)

Next time I'll try to remember to use this type of large band black framing; it looks great and enhances the image 100%. Good show.
I love the large version.
Very well done and presented.
Great clarity.
Mario from the land of complete PEACE & TRANQUILITY.

very nice landscape, TFS Ori

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