Blackwater NWR iPhone Multi-Image Panoramas

On our visit to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge I was traveling light thinking only of Birds & Wildlife images. I only was using a Canon R with a Tamron 150-600mm lens. But when we got there the clouds with the landscapes were amazing. So I tried shooting quite a few multi-image panoramas with a variety of the iPhone lenses. The featured image is 10 vertical images (4:3 format iPhone format) assembled and blended in Photoshop.

BWR landscape, iPhone 11 Pro, 4img, 1.5mm lens (Full Frame Camera field of view ~ 13mm)
BWR Landscape, iPhone 11 Pro, 4.3mm lens, Panorama mode (“bowing” Horizon Distortion from iPhone pano mode corrected in Photoshop)
View from Visitor Center – 9 image, iPhone 11 Pro, 6mm lens (Full Frame Camera Field of View ~52mm)
BWR Visitor Center, 1.5mm lens, iPhone 11 Pro, (Full Frame Camera field of view ~ 13mm)
BWR Wildlife Drive, 10 vertical images, 1.5mm lens, iPhone 11 Pro
BWR Observation Platform, 1.5mm lens, 6 Horizontal images panorama
BWR Observation Platform, iPhone 11 Pro, 4.3mm lens, 4 vertical image panorama

14 Comments on “Blackwater NWR iPhone Multi-Image Panoramas

    • Yes Eliza! You tend to be paying attention to the landscape below the clouds. So when the cloud formations are really amazing you can not help to accent them! Usually I tend to have more of the ground in the image, but with clouds like these I went for the clouds!

  1. The panos have such an odd effect on the clouds’ appearance. Almost like a reflected image. Love the clouds over the Observation PLatform.

    • Thanks Steve! The “odd effect” is probably from the very small lenses on the iPhone 11 Pro. Especially using the 1.5mm lens with multiple images on multiple rows! Thanks again!

    • Thanks William! I do not know of any good iPhone tutorials. But then I have not looked for one. I do not like the distortion you get with the panorama mode on the phone. You get a distorted bulging middle area because of the very small focal lengths of the iP 11 Pro. So I shoot a series of individual images with overlapping edges for my panoramas which helps eliminate some of the distortion. I then open them in Adobe Camera Raw for adjusting the series and pulling out more detail from the files. In Adobe Camera Raw I can also instruct Photoshop to open the Raw files much larger than normal and still hold detail and control the “noise” if I want to make large prints with detail. So it comes in handy for when you want a big print or even an interesting large panorama. I have used Adobe Photoshop since 1990 for my Commercial work so it is 2nd nature for me to do that for my personal work now that I am retired. If you have any specific questions just ask & I will try to answer them. Or do a post showing the steps. Thanks again!

  2. Fantastic photos, Reed! I know what you means …..I’ve found recently that my husband sometimes gets far better shots, panos, and videos with his iPhone 12 than I can with my 150-600mm lens!

    • Yes! I tend to use my iPhone 11 Pro as my backup camera for wider shots when using my main camera with either a 400mm or 150-600mm. A lot lighter to lug around! I used to use another Canon or m43 body with a wide to short zoom. I also open my iPhone images in Adobe Camera Raw to get even more detail out of the iPhone images. Plus I can enlarge the images in Adobe Camera raw when opening them so I can make larger prints with better detail. Thanks again!!

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