Impressive Cloud Formations @ Davidson’s Mill Pond Park

A few weeks ago we went to Davidson’s Mill Pond Park to take a walk through the woods. On the way to the path going through woods we noticed the cloud formations were very large & impressive. So I shot a series of multi-image cloud panoramas and some single image cloud views with my OM-D Mk1 with a 7.5mm Fisheye lens. Even with a 7.5mm Fisheye lens with a FOV 180 degrees I had to shoot multiple image panoramas to get the cloud formations in the shots. Because I was using a FishEye lens I had to de-fish the images with the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter in Photoshop before being able to blend the images for the panoramas. The Featured Image was a 3 Image Panorama taken with the OM-D 1 with the 7.5mm lens.

6 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye Lens, Images DeFished in Photoshop Before making Panorama Image
Clouds, 2 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye Lens, Olympus OM-D1
Clouds, 3 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye Lens (De-Fished Image), Olympus OM-D1
Clouds, 4 Vertical Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye Lens (De-Fished Image), Olympus OM-D1
Clouds, 3 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye Lens (De-Fished Image), Olympus OM-D1
Clouds, 4 Vertical Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye Lens (De-Fished Image), Olympus OM-D1
Clouds, 3 Vertical Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye Lens (De-Fished Images), Olympus OM-D1
Clouds, 8 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye Lens (De-Fished Images), Olympus OM-D1
Clouds, 4 Vertical Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye Lens (De-Fished Images), Olympus OM-D1
Clouds, 5 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye Lens (De-Fished Images), Olympus OM-D1

De-Fishing Multi-Image 7.5MM Fisheye Lens Panoramas

I like photographing multi-image panoramas and assembling them in Photoshop. Lately I have been doing a lot of panoramas with a 7.5mm Fisheye lens on an Olympus OM-D1 which has an image of 190 degrees field of view. But before I assemble the Panoramas I have to De-Fish the Fisheye Images in PhotoShop. To De-Fish the images I use the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter in Photoshop. Loading all the images in layers in one Photoshop file and using the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter for each layer to de-fish them before the final blending. Below is an example of de-fishing the image taken with a 7.5mm Fisheye lens on a m43 Olympus Camera. The Adaptive Wide Angle Filter I believe is set up for Full Frame Cameras so you might have to experiment on the Scale setting. It also helps when using the fisheye lens to have the horizon line somewhat in the center in the image. You have less Fisheye curvature this way to correct.

An Example of the settings I used for a 7.5mm Fisheye lens on a m43 format Olympus OM-D1

Once you have the De-Fished the images go to Edit, then Auto-Align Layers. Next use Auto-Blend layers for the final image. If shooting hand-held and you have some white areas around the edges you can select those areas and use “content – aware fill” to let Photoshop fill in those areas or crop in to eliminate them. The Featured Image is 5 landscape images panorama aligned & blended in Photoshop.

Davidsons Mill Pond 5 Vertical Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Olympus OM-D 1
Davidsons Mill Pond 2 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Olympus OM-D 1
Davidsons Mill Pond 5 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Olympus OM-D 1
Davidsons Mill Pond 3 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Olympus OM-D 1
Davidsons Mill Pond 4 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Olympus OM-D 1
Davidsons Mill Pond 6 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Olympus OM-D 1
Davidsons Mill Pond 6 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Olympus OM-D 1
Davidsons Mill Pond 5 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Olympus OM-D 1
Davidsons Mill Pond 5 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Olympus OM-D 1
Davidsons Mill Pond 8 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Olympus OM-D 1
Davidsons Mill Pond 10 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Olympus OM-D 1
Davidsons Mill Pond 9 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Olympus OM-D 1
Davidsons Mill Pond 3 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Olympus OM-D 1

Davidsons Mill Pond Multi-Image Panoramas

It was a nice day on Dec. 31st so we went to Davidsons Mill Pond Park to take a nice walk. I thought I would also shoot a series of Multi-image Landscape Panoramas, but I could not decide what Camera & Lens combo to take. So I decided to take a few choices to see which worked better for what I was trying to photograph. I previously had cleaned up & reorganized my camera & lens cabinet and found a charger for an old Panasonic LX-1 Pocket camera that I used to use for wide shots when I was mostly photographing with my larger Canon gear, so I took that along also to see how it stood up to the newer Digital Cameras. I also set the LX-1 to 16×9 format. My iPhones & adjusting the images in Adobe Camera Raw had replaced me using the Panasonic LX-1 Pocket Camera many years ago. It was a nice day to get out and photograph some landscapes with nice cloud formations. After working on my images I was surprised how well the Panasonic LX-1 images did when compared to the newer cameras. Opening the LX-1 images in Adobe Camera Raw did get more detail out of the images. So the following multi-image panorama images are from an Olympus OMD-1 with a 7.5mm fisheye lens (& then DeFished in Photoshop), the iP11 Pro using the 1.5mm lens (full Frame camera FOV equivalent ~13mm) and the Panasonic LX-1 using the lens equivalent to a Field of View to a 28mm lens on a Full Frame Digital camera.

The Featured Image is a handheld 4 Image Panorama taken with 7.5mm Fisheye Lens on an Olympus OMD-1 & De-Fished the Image in PhotoShop using the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter listed under the selections on the top “Filter” selections.

Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 2 Image Panorama @ 7.5mm, Olympus OMD-1
Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 6img Pano, Panasonic LX1 @ 28mm
Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 5 Image Panorama @ 7.5mm, Olympus OMD-1
Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 5 Image Panorama @ 7.5mm, Olympus OMD-1
Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 14 Image Panorama, iP11 Pro, 1.5mm lens
Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 12 Image Panorama, Panasonic LX1, 28mm Lens
Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 3 Image Panorama, iP11 Pro, 1.5mm lens
Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 10 Image Pano, Panasonic LX-1 @ 28mm FOV
Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 3 image Pano, LX-1, 6.7mm (30mm Full Frame Equivalent Field of View)
Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 2 Image Panorama, 28mm, Panasonic LX-1
Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 2 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Defished, OMD- 1
Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 3 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Defished, OMD- 1
Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 2 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye lens, Defished, OMD- 1
Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 5 Image Panorama, 28mm FOV, Panasonic LX-1
Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 12 Image Panorama, iP11 Pro, 1.5mm lens
Davidsons Mill Pond Park, 3 Image Panorama, OMD-1, 7.5 mm lens
Lonely Tree with Clouds pano, 5 Image Panorama, m43

Davidsons Mill Pond park Panoramas

We went to Davidsons Mill Pond Park to take a walk and see if there were any interesting photo subjects. I was traveling light & was just using my iPhone 11 Pro and an Olympus OM-D M1 with a 7.5mm Fisheye Lens. The landscape panoramas in this post were all taken with the OM-D with the 7.5mm Fisheye lens. The 7 Artisans 7.5mm Fisheye lens on a m43 camera supposedly has a Field of View of 190 degrees, but on the Olympus m43 I think it is a little less than that. Before assembling my multi-image panoramas in Photoshop, I used Photoshop’s Adaptive Wide Angle Filter to de-fisheye the images used in all the panoramas. The Featured Image is made from 4 Horizontal images of the front view of the Small Pond along the roadway. Because I was using a Fisheye lens I also overlapped the images more than usual to have a better chance of them aligning for the final image.

Small Pond, Images shot from the back of small pond, 4 Horizontal images, Stacked Vertically, 7.5mm, OMD-1
Fields of Milkweed Plants, 3 Horizontal image Panorama, 7.5mm, OMD-1
Large Lake, 3 Image stacked Vertically, Image Pano, 7.5mm, OMD-1

Multi-Image Fisheye Images

Here are some more Fisheye images taken with the 7.5mm 7 Artisans Fisheye lens on a m43 format camera. The featured image is one of my first multi-image Fisheye Panoramas. This is a 2 image Fisheye Pano taken on a gray day & light rain. With the 7.5mm Fisheye lens it seems that manually “blending” the images with a “soft” edge mask works best for assembling the panoramas in Photoshop. I then used the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter under “Filters” in Photoshop. I used the 15mm setting because the “Filter” is set up for Full Frame Digital Cameras. So the 7.5mm m43 lens would be an approximate 15mm field of view equivalent. If I ran it at 7.5mm I would get a jagged circular image in the middle of a white empty background. After you use the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter you can then fine tune your images using the “Warp” feature in Photoshop for even more fine tuning. Once you get used to using a Fisheye lens your results are more predictable and they are fun to use.

3 image Fisheye Panorama, 7.5mm, Olympus OM-D, assembled in Photoshop, Fisheye distortion somewhat corrected with Photoshop Adaptive Wide Angle Filter, than tweaked with “Warp” Filter
7.5mm Fisheye Image, OMD m43, straight out of camera. Notice “Warping” of image because of lower “Horizon Line”
Image after using Adobe Filter “Adaptive Wide Angle” Filter. Using “Adaptive Wide Angle Filter” seems to lessen the height of the image which seems to shorten the height of the image. But it seems to look more Natural than the Height in the “Fisheye” image.
7.5mm, 2 Image Panorama, OM-D, Assembled in Photoshop, then used Adobe Filter “Adaptive Wide Angle” Filter.
7.5mm, Olympus OM-D, Single Image, Adobe Filter “Adaptive Wide Angle” Adobe Filter
2 Image Panorama, 7.5mm m43 OM-D, “Fisheye” effect removed with Adobe “Adaptive Wide Angle” Filter. Shooting with Horizon somewhat centered in middle height of image lessens the weird “Fisheye Look” and then there is less fixing of “FishEye” Look of Image.
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