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.Sandhill_Cranes_flight_v1_MG_9542

11 Comments on “Flying Sandhill Crane Panorama

    • 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!

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