Plainsboro Preserve White Trail Panoramas

A few more larger panoramas from our walk at the Audubon Plainsboro Preserve White Trail. The Featured Vertical Pano Image is 10 horizontal images taken with a 14-140 mm lens @ 32mm with an Olympus OM-D 1.

Plainsboro Preserve White Trail Pano, 10 Image Pano taken @ 17mm, Olympus DM D1
Plainsboro Preserve White Trail Pano, 12 Image Pano taken @ 14mm, Olympus OM D 1
Plainsboro Preserve White Trail Pano, 7 Image Pano taken @ 17mm, Olympus OM D 1

Brigantine Division 40 Image Panorama

I am still going through images from our trip to the Brigantine Division of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge near Oceanville NJ. Most of the wildlife was way off in the distance so I did a lot of multi-image panoramas of the landscapes & large flocks of birds in the Refuge as we were traveling around the Refuge on the Wildlife Drive. It was a fun photo day and I have a lot of images to go through and to assemble my images into the final panoramas. The Featured Panorama here is a 40 image handheld panorama taken with a Canon R with a 150-600mm lens @ 150mm at f/16. Final size of the Panorama is 126″ x 12.75″ high @300 ppi. When I am shooting multi-image handheld panoramas I tend to overlap the images a lot. If I do not need all I shot for the image, that is ok. But from experience it is better to have too many images than not enough. Also the panos seem to blend together better than spacing farther apart. It takes some practice but Photoshop does a Great job aligning & blending the images for the final Panorama.

Center Section of the finished featured panorama to show detail
Detailed Panorama of the area to the right in the Featured Image – 10 Image Panorama. Canon R, 150mm, f/16

40 Image Brigantine Wildlife Drive Landscape

I am still going through images I shot on our visit to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge near Oceanville, NJ. The Featured Image is a small Center Section of a handheld series of a 40 image panorama for one of the panos I shot from the Wildlife Drive. The full landscape is below. When doing handheld large panoramas I try to shoot the series as quickly as possible because clouds, grasses and birds in the image may be moving so when blending the pano images it is easier to blend the scene. I have found that Photoshop does a very good job on automatically assembling my multi-image panoramas, even when they are very Long or even Multi-row, Multi-image panos. you just have to get used to setting them up. On this trip I was using a variety of cameras depending on what I was photographing. These are taken with a Canon R camera with a 150-600mm zoom @150mm @f/16.

Full view of the 40 Image, 126″ x 22″ @ 300 ppi Wildlife Drive Panorama
An additional 10 image pano to show detail on the area to the right (10 Image Full Size 68″ x 16″ @300ppi)

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

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

Community Meeting House Fall Panoramas

As I was walking around our condo community, I liked the Fall colors and clouds around our community Meeting House. This building is used for community meetings, concerts, church services and a few other gatherings. Because of Covid-19 it has been closed for quite a while, but it is still fun to photograph especially with some of the Fall Colors and bright blue sky. The Featured Image is a 2 vertical image panorama taken with an iPhone 11 Pro using the 4.3mm lens (Full Frame Camera Field of View is 26mm).

4 Vertical Image Panorama, iPhone 11 Pro, 6mm lens (Full Frame equivalent 52mm), Assembled and Blended in Photoshop
Meeting House, 2 image Pano, 4.3mm lens, iPhone 11 Pro
Meeting House, 5 image Panorama, 6mm Lens, iPhone 11 Pro

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

Last Praying Mantis In the Gardens

The featured image is a stacked multi-image, multi-row Praying Mantis panorama. This was the last Praying Mantis I photographed in our gardens this year. We had quite a few throughout the summer, but this was the largest Mantis I photographed this year. The featured image is 8 images, shot in 3-multi-rows of overlapping images. I managed getting 3 images for the top row, 3 images for middle row & only 2 images for the bottom row before it moved. I was shooting handheld with a 300mm lens @ f/5.6 for a softer, smoother background since I wanted a blurred background not showing details of the flowers & siding on the house. I concentrated my focus on the head and front legs and so the yellow flowers behind the Mantis gave a bright pop of interesting color.

Praying Mantis Head Detail, single image, f/11 for a little more depth of field, 300mm, handheld
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