Panoramas From Davidsons Mill Pond Park

We went to Davidsons Mill Pond Park to take a walk through the wooded area and see how the Fall colors were. The panoramas here were from the large pond on the Farm Road Trail. The featured panorama image was 6 handheld horizontal images, @ 24mm looking down the pond from the narrow end of the pond. For handheld panoramas I tend to overlap the images more than if I was using a tripod. When doing panoramas, the amount of overlap on the images determines the length of the panorama.

Another 6 image panorama, 24-105mm @ 24mm, Canon R. On this I shot images with less overlapping on images for a slightly longer panorama
Davidsons Mill Pond, Corner view, 3 Horizontal Images @24mm, Stacked Vertically
Davidsons Mill Pond, Corner view, 3 Horizontal Images, 24mm-105mm @24mm, Stacked
Davidson Mill Pond, Side view from trail, 4 Horizontal Images through opening in trees, 24-105mm @ 50mm
Fallen Branches on Path, 2 Horizontal images Pano, 24-105mm @ 105mm, Canon R

Colorful Fall Handheld Panoramas From Davidsons Mill Pond

We went to Davidsons Mill Pond Park to photograph the Fall colors. I was only using my Canon R with a 24-105mm lens & my iPhone 11 Pro. All panorama images here are with the 24-105mm @ various focal lengths. I purposely made a series of panoramas at different focal lengths (as listed below images) and different numbers of images per panorama. I was trying to show how sometimes it is better to use more images per panorama in the beginning & once you get used to doing them you can use less images and still get the image that you wanted. Also by shooting more images than you need, you get used to how the process works and get the feel for how many you will need in the future. In Photoshop you just load all images into one layered Photoshop file. Select layers and chose Auto-Align, then Auto-Blend. Comes in handy for the times you want a wider image or taller image and have the wrong lens to accomplish your vision. If needed I can post a more step by step process blog.

5 Image panorama @ 24mm, Canon R ( with lots of overlapping for better alignment & blending)
7 Image panorama @ 24mm, Canon R, with much more overlapping on each image. Trying to show more of the water reflections
7 image panorama, 24mm, Canon R, images with more overlapping on each image
4 image panorama, 24mm, Canon R, images with less overlapping on each image
4 image panorama, 24-105mm @ 24mm, Canon R – 4 images with more than usual overlapping in each image
4 Horizontal images, stacked vertically with lots of overlapping on each image, 24-105mm lens @ 70mm, panorama
Davidsons Mill Pond Boat Launch Area, 24-105mm @47mm, 4 horizontal images stacked VERTICALLY with less overlapping on each image for a vertical image made with horizontal images

Milkweed PodS @ Davidsons Mill Pond Park

We went to Davidsons Mill Pond Park to see what we could find to photograph in the fields and to get in a walk on a nice sunny day. In one area there there is a field with a lot of Milkweed Plants along with other plants & flowers. They are past their prime now, but still had an interesting look to them. I was using an Olympus OM-D mk 1 with a Panasonic 14-140mm lens. The featured image is a 9 image handheld panorama taken @ 140mm, f/8. When shooting a multi-image Panorama handheld, I shoot many more images than if I was using a tripod. It just seems to blend better with more images when hand holding for some reason. I was looking online about Milkweed plants and found an interesting fact about Milkweed plants. The milkweed offers crucial habitat to the monarch butterfly. But in 1944 military planners used the plant as a raw material in the war against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Milkweed seeds have white, wispy hairs know as floss. Before the use of synthetic fibers, the value of milkweed floss was its buoyancy. The armed forces used it in the manufacture of life preservers for the soldiers, airman & sailors. Life preservers were critical, since so much of the war was fought on & over the seas. Milkweed was not the first choice for life preservers. During World War II, the Japanese gained control of the Dutch East Indies, cutting off the U.S. supply of floss. Milkweed proved an acceptable substitute. Schoolchildren spent the hours walking roadsides and railroad right of ways gathering milkweed. Before the war it was considered a weed. Bags were supplied to carry the collected pods, and children received 15 cents per bag. You needed 2 bags of Milkweed pod floss for one life jacket. The U.S. military called for the collection of 2 million pounds of floss which was enough to fill 1.2 million life jackets.

Milkweed Pod with Milkweed Bugs – 140mm, m43 OM-D, f/8
Milkweed Pod with Milkweed Bug – 140mm, m43 OM-D, f/8

Lady Bug On Thistle

During a walk at Davidsons Mill Pond Park we noticed this Lady Bug on a Thistle. I thought it looked interesting against the textures on the Thistle. Also it sort of had the same roundish shape as the Thistle. I was traveling light with a 300mm f/4 lens on a Canon 1D mkIV.

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