Flying Sandhill Crane Panorama
As we were walking the trails at Lake Woodruff NWR we saw these Sandhill Cranes flying by. I wanted to get the whole group in one image. I was using a 300mm lens, so I shot 5 images in a quick series to combine into one Sandhill Crane flying panorama. I could not let Photoshop align and blend the panorama because of the movement of the wings confused Photoshop auto alignment of images. I used a series of soft masks to blend the images manually in the panorama and spaced them by the spaces between the Cranes.
Neat to see wings in every position. Such grace!
Thanks Eliza! They are fun to see fly! And if you are close they are also fun to “hear” fly by!!
I can barely imagine it! Air rushing past all those feathers, wow.
Nicely done, Reed!
Thanks Belinda! It is fun to shoot panoramas! Plus you get more detail than if I was using a wider angle lens.
Thanks Donna! They are fun to do!
Wow, the panorama looks excellent! It is nice to be able to see the sharp detail in each crane. Very nice work! William
Thanks William! I use a lot of panoramas to get more detail. Plus I like making fairly large prints of some so detail is important.
I never thought about a panorama of moving subjects. You are getting me interested with your outstanding shots.
Thanks Steve! They are fun to do. Photoshop does most of the work. It helps when there is some space between some of the birds. You just do some soft edge masks to blend the empty sky sections. I like doing panoramas or multi-image shots for the challenge. Also when I am traveling light, it gives you more options if the subjects are too close. Next time try it on your ice images!