Blackwater NWR Sunrise Panoramas

These images are a series of multi-image panoramas of a Blackwater NWR Sunrise on a visit there in July 2018. Blackwater NWR is a great place to visit for sunrise & sunsets. We were trying to get there for the sunrise and we just made it before the sunrise started. Most images were taken with a Canon 1D mkIV with a 24-105mm lens at various focal lengths. The featured image is made from 12 horizontal images taken @ 85mm to show less foreground and more height to the distant tree line. The full final size pano is 118″ long x ~20″ high.

Pre-Sunrise when arriving at Wildlife Drive entrance, Little Blackwater River, Canon 1D mkIV, 12-24mm lens @ 24mm
Pre-Sunrise, Wildlife Drive entrance, Little Blackwater River, single image, @75mm, 24-105mm, 1D mkIV
Sunrise along Wildlife Drive entrance, Little Blackwater River, 24-105mm @ 24mm, 8 image pano, 1D mkIV
Sunrise along Wildlife Drive, Little Blackwater River, 24-105mm @ 24mm, 10 image pano, 1D mkIV
Sunrise along Wildlife Drive, Little Blackwater River, 24-105mm @ 24mm, 1D mkIV
Sunrise along Wildlife Drive, Little Blackwater River, 24-105mm @ 24mm, 8 image pano, 1D mkIV
Sunrise along Wildlife Drive, Little Blackwater River, 24-105mm @ 85mm, 12 image pano, 1D mkIV
Sunrise along Wildlife Drive, Little Blackwater River, 24-105mm @ 105mm, 2 horizontal images, stacked, 1D mkIV

Lake Mc_Cormack Panorama

When we were photographing the trees with strong shadows at Plainsboro Preserve for the previous post, I also shot a series of 7 vertical images of Lake McCormack @17mm for a wide panorama. When shooting at wide @ 17mm, I overlap my series of images more than my usual overlapping if using a longer lens.

Bench By Waters Edge, 50 acre Lake McCormack, 17-40mm lens @40mm

Canada Geese Panoramas Along Brigantine Wildlife Drive

Some additional images from our trip to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville NJ. The main attraction here is the Wildlife Drive that circles around the main visitor areas. It is about 8 miles long, one way, circling the main active viewing areas. In the early Spring there are multiple Osprey platforms along the Drive for watching Ospreys building nests and see them feeding their young. They also have multiple trails for exploring and a Visitor Center.

Canada Geese Sleeping , 3 Image Panorama, 150-600mm lens @ 500mm, handheld
Sleeping Canada Geese, Single Image from panorama to show detail, Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm, Canon 1D mkIV
Canada Geese Waking Up After Nap, 7 Image Panorama, Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm, Canon 1D mkIV
Canada Geese, 7 image Panorama, Tamron 150-600mm @ 375mm, Canon 1D mkIV
Canada Geese Closer Up, 3 image panorama, 600mm

BRIGANTINE IPHONE MULTI-IMAGE PANORAMAS

On our recent trip to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, NJ, I was traveling light. Mainly using a Tamron 150-600mm lens on a 1D mkIV, a 12-24mm zoom on a Canon R and my iPhone 11 Pro for multi-image landscapes & multi-image panoramas. The Canon R with the 12-24mm never made it out of the camera bag. I was having more fun shooting multi-image Panoramas on my iPhone 11 Pro. The featured image is 13 images shot in multiple images per row & then multiple rows with the iPhone 11 Pro & the 1.5mm lens.

Brigantine 5 Image panorama, iP11 Pro, 1.5mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm lens)
Brigantine 4 Image panorama, iP11 Pro, 1.5mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm lens)
3 Image Panorama, iP11 Pro, 1.5mm lens, Full Frame Equivalent 13mm)
Brigantine 8 Image Landscape, 1Phone 11 Pro, 1.5mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm)
Brigantine 14 Vertical image Landscape, iPhone 11 Pro, 1.5mm lens (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm)

131 Egrets In Trees

I am still working on images from past trips. Gives me something to do during these Covid times. This is a 3 image handheld panorama shot with a m43 Olympus OM D-1 with a 14-140mm lens @ 41mm (Full Frame equivalent ~82mm). Then aligned & blended in Photoshop. Just for fun or maybe boredom, I counted about 131 Egrets plus 5 Roseate Spoonbills & 6 Wood Storks. I probably missed a few and could not see what was on the reverse side of the trees. Below are a few cropped in sections.

Cropped in section from main Panorama
Another cropped in section from main Panorama

Great Blue Heron Panorama

A three horizontal image panorama of a Great Blue Heron. There times when I am out walking at a Wildlife Refuge when I come upon a photo subject that is too close for the lens I am carrying. In this instance I was walking along the Wildlife Drive near the entrance and saw this Great Blue Heron standing in the water. I was too close for the lens I had with me so I shot three overlapping horizontal images to combine for a vertical panorama. It seems rare when you are too close to get the whole bird in. Usually you do not have enough focal length for what you see and want photograph. If you can shoot a series of images quickly before the bird moves you can make some interesting panorama images. The Featured Image is 3 horizontal images taken with a 300mm lens on a Canon 7D. Assembled & blended in Photoshop. I usually always photograph from the head down for the series or the head then to side for however many images you need.

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

Multi-Image iPhone Panoramas From Plainsboro Preserve

I like doing multi-image panoramas for my landscapes. But shooting with wider lenses on a Full Frame camera, I tend to get more sky & foreground in my images than the areas I want to have as the main subject. With an iPhone 11 Pro using the panorama feature you tend to get a distortion or a “bowing” effect in the middle of the image which to me looks strange or distorted. So for panoramas with the iPhone I shoot a series of overlapping horizontal or vertical iPhone images and “blend” them in Photoshop. Depends on the scene I am trying to capture as to iPhone orientation. If my subject is closer up I would use vertical images, if farther away I would use the iPhone horizontally. On the iPhone 11 Pro if I am using the 1.5mm lens (Field of View on a Full Frame Camera equivalent is ~13mm) I would shoot even more images for the panorama, with more overlapping on each of my images. If using the 4.3mm lens, I would overlap a little less. When using the 6mm lens I could use even less for the image I want to photograph. Basically you have to do a few and see what works best for you. Most of my Multi-Image iPhone panoramas are horizontal images. If doing a Vertical overlap the images more. The featured image is 10 overlapping vertical iPhone 11 images shot with the 1.5mm lens.

The iPhone Camera Lenses Field of View Equivalents:

4 Horizontal Image Panorama with 1.5mm lens, iPhone 11Pro (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm)
2 Horizontal Image Panorama, 1.5mm Lens, iPhone 11 Pro (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm)
2 Horizontal Image Panorama, 1.5mm Lens, iPhone 11 Pro (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm)
2 Horizontal Image Panorama, 1.5mm Lens, iPhone 11 Pro (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm)
9 Vertical Images 1.5mm Lens, more overlapping of images, iPhone 11 Pro (Full Frame Equivalent 13mm)
12 Horizontal Images, again more overlapping of images, iPhone 11 Pro, 1.5mm lens
McCormack Lake, 7 Horizontal Images, iPhone 11 Pro, 1.5mm lens
When Shooting Multi-Image Panoramas you sometimes find a surprise when assembling them. Here a falling branch showed up in the final panorama, which I cloned out. But sometimes you get birds or even the same bird flying through as you are capturing the sequence of images.

Photoshop Auto-Align Layers Window for Blending The Panoramas. Cylindrical seems to work well for iPhone 11 Pro multi-image panoramas, especially when using the 1.5mm lens.
After Auto-Align, use Auto Blend for “blending the layers into 1 image layer

Once you load all the images into Layers you have to Align the layers before blending. With the small lenses in the iPhone 11 Pro, I tend to use the “Cylindrical” setting most often because of the small 1.5mm, 4.3mm or 6mm lenses. But you may have different outcomes. For larger sensor cameras I usually use the “Auto” setting. Also you will have some white or blank areas usually in corners. So while “blending” the layers you can check on “Content Aware Fill” to let Photoshop Fill In these Areas Automatically. If you try one setting and do not like the effect, just go back in History and try a different setting. For Full Frame Digital Camera images I usually use the “Auto” setting.

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

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
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