Davidsons Mill Pond Park Landscape Panoramas

I am still working on trying different techniques or ways to work with iPhone images in Photoshop. Overall it is a fun and useful addition to my equipment. Especially if I am walking around with Long telephoto lenses and still have the option for other wider views with out carrying extra lenses or cameras. Because of the very small lens focal lengths some techniques are difficult to get the results I am expecting. But it is fun to see what the iPhone can do. If you enable Photoshop to open jpegs in Camera Raw, you can uprezz your iPhone images quite successfully as you are opening them. Also you can correct/adjust the image before you open the file. Seems to work well with the Panoramas also. Do not go way overboard in size, but used moderately this seems to work quite well. The featured image was captured using the panorama feature on the iPhone 11 Pro, using the 4.3mm lens (35mm equivalent 26mm). You have to be careful using the panorama setting because quite often you get a “bowing” effect in the middle of the image. Mainly because the far left and far right are way off to the side so it in the middle it is “closer” to you so it is a little bigger, giving an slight distortion in the middle. Sometimes you can minimize this by “shooting up slightly. The Smaller Panoramas are made from 2 vertical or horizontal images, layered in Photoshop and “combined or blended” with Photoshop. The biggest problem is being careful to not exaggerate “keystoning effects” when using the extremely small focal lengths that are in the iPhone (1.5mm, 4.3mm & 6mm) shooting more straight into your views helps. 35mm – full Frame equivalent mm would be 13mm, 26mm & 52mm. Any slight up or down angles seem to distort quickly, but can be controlled a little by shooting more straight into your subject.  Slight adjustments in Photoshop also helps.


Narrower Panorama of featured image, first try before the featured image.


2 horizontal iPhone images stacked for panorama


2 iPhone images for wider panorama assembled in Photoshop


2 iPhone images for taller panorama


Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

Closeup image of an Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly. It almost seems like it is smiling at you. It seems many of the dragonflies at this location are showing signs of “wear & tear” on their wings already. It seems early in the season for that. Usually you see this in late Summer. If you stay in an area for a while it seems like they get used to you and are not as skiddish or wary of you so you can get closer.

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Eastern Pondhawk at a distance. Three shot focus stacked image. 

More Cloudscapes From Davidson Mill Pond

Here are a few more panoramas from our outing to Davidsons  Mill Pond Park. Some are regular panoramas, and some are stacked multi-row panoramas, like the featured image.

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5 image panorama, 14mm, m43 camera

Clouds DM 6 17 v1

4 image stacked pano, 2 img x 2 img

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6 img multi stack pano @14mm, m43 camera

DM Cloud 6 17 v2_1410176

4 img multi stack pano, horizontal, combined in 2 rows of 2 @14mm, m43 camera

DM Clouds pano 4 img DM 6 17

4 img pano @14mm, m43 camera

DM Clouds v1 6 17_1410167

3 images, horizontal, stacked vertically, @14mm, m43 camera

DM clouds v1 6 17_1410171

2 images, horizontal format, stacked vertically, 14mm, m43 camera

DM Clouds v1 14mm 6 17_1410169

2 images, horizontal format, stacked vertically, 14mm, m43 camera

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