Fall Panoramas From Davidsons Mill Pond Park

These panoramas are from a visit to Davidsons Mill Pond Park in early November. We went mainly for a walk through the wooded trail, but I brought a camera with a 24-105mm lens in case I saw something interesting. Usually on a walk I just use my iPhone, but I am glad I took a regular camera this time. I thought the Large Pond on the trail through the woods looked interesting. So I tried a few different panoramas from different locations by the Pond in the woods. The last image was sort of strange because it was just on top of a large rock about 10 to 12 feet out in the water from the shoreline.

7 Handheld Image Panorama, 24mm, Canon R
4 Handheld Image Panorama, 24mm, Canon R
2 Handheld Image Panorama, 24mm, Canon R
7 Handheld Image Panorama, 70mm, Canon R
3 Handheld Image Panorama, 47mm, Canon R
2 Handheld Image Panorama, 105mm, Canon R
5 Vertical Image Panorama, 24mm, Canon R
Halloween Mask(?) On Large Rock Out, 10 ft From Shoreline

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

Fog Landscapes At Davidsons Mill Pond Park

Yesterday we woke up to very foggy weather, so we decided to go out and see what interesting images we could find in the fog. One of our destinations was Davidsons Mill Pond Park. I was only using my iPhone 11 Pro using the 16×9 format with the various built-in lenses. This format does not make the images longer, but crops the narrower dimension so it looks more like a panorama. The featured image is 5- 16×9 format images with the iPhone 1.5mm lens (Full Frame equivalent ~13mm) assembled in Photoshop.

iPhone 11 Pro, 3- 16×9 format images blended, 6mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent ~52mm)
iPhone 11 Pro, 2- 16×9 format images blended, 1.5 mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent ~13mm)
iPhone 11 Pro, 3- 16×9 format images blended, 1.5mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent ~13mm)
iPhone 11 Pro, 5- 16×9 format images blended, 3mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent ~26mm)
iPhone 11 Pro, 16×9 format image, 4.3mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent ~26mm)
iPhone 11 Pro, 3- 16×9 format images, 1.5 mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent ~13mm)
iPhone 11 Pro, 4 images, 16×9 vertical format, 1.5mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent ~13mm)

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

Panoramas From Davidsons Mill Pond Park

We went to Davidsons Mill Pond Park to photograph a few panoramas, mostly for cloud formations. The Featured Image is of the small pond near the main parking area. Photographed from the wooded back area showing the pond from a different vantage point. This is 5 images, handheld @ 14mm, Panasonic 14-140mm, Olympus OM-D E-M1. When doing panoramas with the m43 format I tend to overlap the images much more than when using my standard Canon equipment.

4 Image Landscape Panorama, @ 14mm, OM-D mk 1
4 Image Cloud Panorama (with moon to left of cloud formation), @ 48mm, OM-D mk 1
4 Image Cloud Panorama, @ 14mm, OM-D mk 1
3 Image Milkweed Bugs on Milkweed Panorama, 140mm, OM-D mk1

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

Last of the Slaty Skimmers for this year

Another Dragonfly season is pretty much over now so I will have to find other interesting subjects to photograph. Here are some Slaty Skimmer Dragonfly images from my last visit to Davidsons Mill Pond Park before they were gone.

4 Image Focus Stack, 300mm, f/6.3, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 7D
Slaty Skimmer, 300mm, f/11, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 7D
Slaty Skimmer, 300mm, f/11, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 7D
4 Image Focus Stack, 300mm, f/16, 1.4X Teleconverter, Canon 7D

LadyBug On Thistle

On a visit to Davidsons Mill Pond Park, I found this Ladybug climbing on a Thistle. I liked the “Spot” of Color of the Ladybug against the green part of the Thistle. I thought it looked like it was pointing to the flowering colorful top on the thistle and added interest. Image taken with 300mm lens @ f/11 on a Canon 1D mkIV.

Walk In The Fields At Davidsons Mill Pond Park

We were walking around the fields at Davidsons Mill Pond Park looking for interesting images besides Dragonflies. Most of the gardens are still closed, but we could shoot through the fencing here & there. Davidsons Mill Pond is a County Park comprising over 417 acres that features grassland meadows, upland forests, open water, streams and wetlands, in addition to cultivated fields used by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office. Their Butterfly House was not used this year because of the Covid closing most things. These are a series of images of subjects I thought were interesting as we were walking through the fields. Again, I was using an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with a Panasonic 100-300mm zoom lens. Which gives me a Full Frame Camera Field of View equivalent of 200mm – 600mm in a very lightweight camera to walk around with. I was mostly shooting aperture priority @ f/8, giving me enough depth of field on my subjects, but still have a smoother background. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Image @ 228mm, f/8, m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Image @ 300mm, f/8, m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Image @ 300mm, f/8, m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Image @ 300mm, f/8, m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Image @ 300mm, f/8, m43 format

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Hornet On Plant, 300mm, f/8, m43 format

 

Eastern Pondhawks

We went to Davidsons Mill Pond Park to take a walk and look for photo subjects. I was looking mostly for dragonflies, but found a few other photo subjects also in their fields of wildflowers and gardens. The gardens were locked because of Covid 19, but you could photograph through their fencing. Here are images I photographed of a male & female Eastern Pondhawk. I was using an Olympus OMD-1 with a Panasonic 100-300mm lens because I did not want to lug around my usual heavier gear. All the images here were photographed @ 300mm. Eastern Pondhawk_v1_male_DM_m43_300mm_MG_3738

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