San Diego Harbor View Panorama
One day while at a golf course, I saw a panorama photo that had the city skyline and mountains with snow behind them. I thought it was a fake but much to my joy, I found places on Point Loma that provide excellent views of the harbor, city and mountains! Haven't seen the snow yet. Someday I expect to! It is composed of 7 high resolution images merged together. The detail in this image is frankly unbelievable. Note the plane just over the mountains on its way to land at Lindberg Field.
Photo Tip - Taking Panorama Photos
The best news is that over the years photo editing tools like Photoshop have greatly improved their photo merging capabilities. It is rare these days to get a merge that has significant problems.
The keys to capturing a panorama like this with very high detail include the following:
- A sturdy tripod with a camera mount that swivels and turns.
- A high resolution camera turned vertical and absolutely level.
- A high quality telephoto lens. In this case it was set at 270 mm.
- When taking the images, get at least 10% overlap.
- Shoot in RAW and process the images all together with the same settings.
- After the merge, obsessively inspect the entire image at 400% to ensure you fix any overlaps that have problems.
Yes, you can use a camera that takes photos and merges them as you scan the scenery, but the quality won't be as high.
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