Posts Tagged ‘panorama’

Beautiful Bangkok Winter Morning

December 20, 2009

I saw this article from the New York Times when I got up this morning. Then I looked out of my window and saw this:

Bangkok Morning from the Apartment

Bangkok Morning from the Apartment. Best viewed large on Flickr.

I couldn’t resist taking a panorama photo and posting it to Flickr.

If you are suffering from the cold, maybe there are standby seats available on the next flight to Bangkok. Think about it!

I’m typing this with the windows wide open and a cool breeze blowing through the apartment: no aircon needed. The loudest noises I can hear are people playing tennis on the court outside.

If I’d got up earlier I would have taken a bus to the seaside in Pattaya. It’s an easy trip from Bangkok and the traffic is reasonable on weekends. I’ll find somewhere else nice to go. I should be an earlier riser: it will get hot later.

On a technical note: I show panoramas using different focal lengths. This one is 24mm and it came out well. The other four came out with banding in the sky. The Photoshop CS4 “merge to panorama” tool did not blend the pictures well. I took them all with a consistent exposure at F8.

This one is fine and I don’t feel like being a perfectionist today.

Stacking a Panorama in Lightroom

August 25, 2009

This is one way I use stacks of pictures in Lightroom’s Library module.

I often make panoramas of Bangkok’s Skytrains. I like their varied advertising colours. Each panorama is four or five pictures, taken from about the middle of the opposite platform.

When I make a panorama, usually using Adobe Photoshop CS4, I make a stack of the pictures. The easiest way is to select them all and press Ctrl-G (on a PC). The active (“most selected”) picture is at the top of the stack. For me that is the left-most picture.

I make sure I have completed keywording and geocoding the pictures while the stack is expanded. If I don’t Lightroom applies my changes only to the top picture. Grrr.

Then I expand the stack by clicking on the two parallel lines to the left of the top picture and invoke the Photoshop “Merge to panorama…” function in the Lightroom Photo menu.

I save the panorama back to the same directory as its parts, adding the keyword “panorama”. Then I add the panorama to the top of the stack by moving it over the top picture.

When I collapse the stack all I see is the panorama, but I know I can access its components easily.

Simple but effective.

How I Use Lightroom Stacks

How I Use Lightroom Stacks

4 Panoramas Comparison

August 21, 2009

It’s a lovely clear morning in Bangkok. Delighting in the view from the apartment I shot similar panoramas with my four cameras:

  1. Canon EOS-300D with an image stabilized 28-135mm lens set at 28mm.
  2. Nikon Coolpix P6000 in Landscape mode with the lens set at 12.3mm.
  3. Canon EOS-30D with the 75-300mm lens set at 75mm.
  4. Sony DSC-W35 in Landscape mode with the lens set at 6.3mm.

I processed them all in Lightroom / Photoshop CS4. Using the same parameters for each.

I posted them all to my GB-in-TH account at Flickr (I have more free upload quota there this month.)

1.

Bangkok Morning from the Apartment

2.

Bangkok Morning from the Apartment

3.

Bangkok Morning from the Apartment

4.

Bangkok Morning from the Apartment

Which one do you prefer?

Messed Up Panorama – But Good?

August 16, 2009

Skytrain:1111-3106-1112

Sometimes the “Merge to Panorama” function in Photoshop CS4 cannot make a good panorama of a Skytrain. Usually the result is a mess, but in this case I thought it was attractive once I added a black background. I decided to keep it, with apologies to F&N.

I Love Panoramas

August 1, 2009



Bangkok Panorama from the Roof of Sriwara Mansion 1

Originally uploaded by Ian Fuller

So I’m going to keep on writing about them!

This is from the roof of my apartment building in the Din Daeng district of Bangkok. Ignore Flickr who says it is in Huay Khwang – I live in Khet Din Daeng!

It is a much better view from the 28th floor than from my 9th floor apartment. But this wasn’t the clearest day for photography.

It’s always fun to take visitors to the roof. Most Bangkokians never see the city from a good height. I’ve never met anyone else up there in almost three years.

I enjoy the ease of taking several pictures and having software transform them into something interesting. I think the clouds are as interesting as the buildings. But I am jaded : I see the cityscape every day but the clouds are always changing.

Dramatic Storm Clouds over Bangkok

July 7, 2009

Dramatic Storm Clouds over Bangkok

Originally uploaded by Ian Fuller

Today (Tuesday) is a Thai holiday: Asaha Puja Day. See http://sunsite.au.ac.th/thailand/special_event/asalha/index.html for more information on one of the most sacred days of the year.

The weather was fine in the morning but in the afternoon waves of rain swept over the city. I think there were four heavy rainstorms separated by calm periods.

Here’s a panorama of five photos I shot from the apartment between storms. I used Photoshop CS4 to stitch them and then some of my free Seim Effects to heighten the drama of the view. Is that cheating?

I should post something about Seim effects soon. I think they are a bit like the Schilling spice blends you can buy in grocery stores. Used judiciously they can enhance a meal, but excessive use overwhelms a dish.