Plainsboro Preserve Lake McCormack Panoramas

It was a nice day yesterday so we went to the Audubon Plainsboro Preserve to take a walk and get some fresh air. I was traveling light and only took my Olympus OM-D mkI with a 7.5mm Fisheye lens. There was hardly anyone there so I was shooting some landscape images along our walk. There was still a few colorful Fall trees but most of the trees were bare along the path. As we were passing a short trail that lead down to a nice view of Lake McCormack I decided to shoot a couple of multi-image panoramas of the Lake. The Featured Image is made from 12 handheld horizontal images. Then I shot 10 vertical images for a higher panorama view of Lake McCormack. I have found that when using a m43 camera you need to overlap the images more than a Full Frame Camera. When I got home I started to work on my images for the panoramas. First I had to De-Fisheye the look of all of the images before I could use them to blend in the Final Panoramas. I just made an action to run & de-fisheye each image in the series. In Photoshop going to the Filter command at the top, then choosing Adaptive Wide Angle Filter that will usually correct the Fisheye look of your images. You also have to enter the Focal length of your fisheye lens before you use the filter. But this filter is set-up for Full Frame Cameras. So I entered 15mm which is the equivalent Field of View of my 7.5 mm lens on the m43 Olympus, basically 2x with the Olympus. Then I loaded the de-fished images into a Layered Photoshop file and selected all the layers. Then on the top commands go to Layer and choose Align, then merge Layers to complete the blending of the images.

10 Vertical Images to make the horizontal Lake McCormack Panorama

Meeting House Landscape Touch-UpS

I wanted to show how to clean-up some annoying items that are in the way when photographing some landscape images. Here I went to the Meeting House in my community to show a visual before & after. I was using an OMD-1 camera with a 7.5mm Fisheye lens. I did not need to correct for the fisheye distortion because I purposely centered the Meeting House in the center area of the image which minimizes the Fisheye Bowing Effect of the 7.5mm lens. In Photoshop I selected the area with the distracting leaves with the Photoshop Lasso Tool with a feathered setting of 10 pixels, which will create a softer edge on the retouching area layer. Then I used Copy, then Paste to have the leaves on a separate layer in Photoshop. Having the leaves on a separate layer you can then use Filter > Noise> Dust & Scratches to remove the leaves. When using the Dust & Scratches you have to enter the Radius amount & Threshold amount you want. Here I used a Radius of 43 & a Threshold amount of 48. While using Dust & Scratches you will see a preview of the effect before you commit to doing it. If you need more or less just enter a higher or lower number. Even after you run the filter if you want more or less effect go to the history and go back and you can adjust your amount. If you go to much it will look a little smeary, too little you will still see some of the leaves. You can also see the effect in Preview before using it. Basically you are relying on the Preview for the amounts you need to use. Using Dust & Scratches might take a few tries, but comes in handy now & then.

Meeting House Image Before Cleanup, OMD-1, 7.5mm Fisheye Lens

Cloudscape & Snow Geese High Flight Panorama

On a trip a few years ago to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife I noticed this flock of Snow Geese flying high above me. I took a couple of images but because the Geese were so high above me it did not look that interesting. Then I decided to shoot a quick 2 image series for a panorama to show a wider view of the flock of Snow Geese flying in the interesting clouds above. I was using an Olympus OMD 1 with a 14-140mm lens @ 14mm. The panorama was assembled in Photoshop, letting Photoshop align & blend the Panorama.

Blackwater NWR Clouds At Sunset

I was working on files from previous photo trips. Now that I am retired I can go through my backup drives to post images that I did not have time to post before. This is a Sunset taken at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland a few years ago. Dramatic or interesting sunsets are quite often seen at Blackwater NWR. Some have told me that dramatic sunsets at Blackwater are because it is somewhat close to the coast. I am not sure on that, but Blackwater NWR does deliver on interesting sunrises & sunsets! Image taken with a 14-140mm lens @ 48mm on an Olympus body. I was going retouch out the aircraft contrails, but decided to leave them in.

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

Brigantine Cloudscapes & Landscapes

The cloudscapes were Great on our visit to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville New Jersey. For the Landscapes I was using 3 different setups depending on what I was trying to show in my images. For really wide views of clouds & landscapes I used an Olympus OMD-1 with a 7.5mm Fisheye lens (180 Degree FOV) or my iPhone 11 Pr0 with the 1.5mm (Full Frame Equivalent Field of view ~13mm) or the 4.3mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent ~26mm). I corrected the Fisheye lens Distortion of the 7.5mm Fisheye lens on the Olympus in Photoshop using the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter that is accessed under the main “Filter” listing on the top menu Pull Downs. For the far out or distant landscapes with flocks of birds I was using a Tamron 150-600mm lens on a Canon R (Some with a 2X Teleconverter giving me a 300mm to 1200mm).

The Featured Image is a 3 image panorama taken with a 7.5mm Fisheye Lens on an Olympus OMD Camera.

Brigantine Landscape Panorama, 8 images, iP11 using 6mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent FOV ~ 52mm)
Brigantine 4 image Panorama, iP11 Pro, 1.5mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent FOV ~ 13mm) Assembled in Photoshop
Early Morning Skyscape , iP11 Pro, 1.5mm lens, (Full Frame Equiv. FOV ~ 13mm) 3 Horizontal Images, Stacked Vertically, Pano Assembled in Photoshop
Brigantine Landscape, 3 Image Panorama, 7.5mm Fisheye Lens, OMD-1
Brigantine Landscape, iP11 Pro 1.5mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent ~13mm)
Brigantine Cloudscape, 7.5mm Fisheye, Olympus OM-D, De-Fisheyed in Photoshop
Brigantine Landscape Panorama, 6 images @ 150mm, Canon R, 150-600mm Tamron

Female Eastern Forktail Damselflies After A Rainstorm

We had a storm with heavy rain a few days ago so after it stopped raining we went to Davidsons Mill Pond Park to look for interesting raindrops to photograph. Here are some raindrops with Female Eastern Forktail Damselflies. I was using an Olympus OMD-1 with a 100-300mm Panasonic lens @ 300mm (Full Frame Camera FOV Equivalant ~600mm).

Female Eastern Forktail Damselfly #1, OMD-1, 100-300mm lens @ 300mm (Full Frame Equivalent Field of View ~600mm)
2nd Female Eastern Forktail Damselfly, OMD-1, 100-300mm lens @ 300mm (Full Frame Equivalent FOV ~600m)

Cedar Waxwings From The Audubon Plainsboro Preserve

We went for a walk at the Audubon Plainsboro Preserve near our home looking for dragonflies. As we were walking down the path that extends out into Lake McCormick we were surprised to see a pair of Cedar Waxwings. One flew off to a higher branch behind the leaves but the other posed for us giving me an opportunity to get a few fairly close images. I shot a few images than moved a little closer hoping to get some closer shots before it flew off. I was using an Olympus OM-D -Mk1 camera with a Panasonic 100-300mm lens @300mm (Full Frame Camera Equivalent ~ 600mm.)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

Something Fishy & DeWarping Fisheye Images

I used to use 15mm fisheye lenses on film cameras for interesting images back in the film days before digital. I usually used them for an interesting & different look here & there in multi-projector slide shows I used to produce for our Corporate clients. When Microsoft Powerpoint presentations came out, multi-projector Corporate slide shows died a quick death. With digital imaging starting to be more affordable in the early days, Fisheye lenses were not as popular in my Commercial work. When we needed one we would just borrow one from where we bought our supplies & equipment. But being retired now it is an interesting way to get very wide views and then in post processing to De-Fish them. I was looking for a used Canon 15mm Fisheye lens for landscapes, but they seemed to be going for extremely high prices. Canon discontinued the 15mm Fisheye lens (FOV 180°) replacing it with the 8-15mm Fisheye zoom. I did not want a zoom fisheye but noticed that 7 Artisans had a 7.5mm Fisheye lens for m43 cameras with a FOV of 180°. Looking online at where I usually buy my equipment lately I noticed a version 2 was about to come out in 2 -3 weeks with a 190° Field of View and with better optics. So I was going to order one, but my wife looked on Amazon and it was available now. So I had it in a couple of days. The featured image is 6 m43 images shot @ 7.5mm with an Olympus OM-D 1 with the 4:3 format. This was assembled in Photoshop using the images as they were taken. I also overlapped the images more than usual because of the smaller camera sensor as I was taking the images. After blending the images I used the Edit “Warp” feature in Photoshop to remove most of the fisheye effect. Depending on the image you can also get good results using Photoshop’s Adaptive Wide Angle feature under the “Filter setting”. Then use the “Edit” Transform -“Warp” feature to adjust the corners to where it diminishes most of the “Curving” in the corners. It also helps when using a Fisheye lens to have the main horizon line somewhat centered in the image to avoid the “bowing arc” of the horizon, Makes it easier to just have to deal then with the “Corners”.

6 Fisheye Images Panorama, 7 Artisans 7.5mm Lens, Olympus OMd-1, Showing Fisheye Distortion on the ends of image before using “Warp”
Single Image, 7 Artisans 7.5mm Fisheye, Olympus OM-D 1, 16 x 9 Format, Corners adjusted in Photoshop
Try to have “Horizon Line” somewhat centered in image. Otherwise it is hard to correct the “Bowing” of the”Horizon Line” without distorting more of the image.
7 artisans 7.5mm Lens on Olympus OM-D 1
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