Brisbane CBD Panorama

Shot at Dawn from the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

19 portrait orientation exposures combined in AutoPano Pro and colour tweaked in Photoshop.

Much better much larger.

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View all photos taken: Monday, 2nd June 2008, This photo: 2:55pm

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  • chooks! said:
    excellent panorama!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Tim :)
  • Warwick (wazzam) said:
    Nicely done Dave.
    Who's the person on the extreme right?
  • -Bennie- said:
    Great photo mate! and yes, most definitely much better large! :-)
    You just *can't* help but use your new 70-200 hey!???
    19?????? shots stitched together.... wow!!!!
    Congrats on another great photo mate. I love the clouds in the sky as well, particularly the right hand side... nice one!
  • Roving Rob said:
    Auto Pano Pro is the best :) Did you use the smart blend feature?
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    That would have kept you busy for a while! :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    That'd be Mel from flickr/redbubble. One of about 20 or so of us that braved the cold morning and potential rain.
    All training Bennie - after all, a new lens takes a little while to adjust to, so you HAVE to use it a lot ;-)
    I did indeed - very sweet and performs quite well on my machine.
    Hmmm, not too long... 19 x 1/30 sec + maybe 1/2 sec each for camera alignment, then the stitch took maybe 2 mins, colour adjustment maybe 5 mins, so a bit over 7 mins total :)
  • teejaybee said:
    Awesome work here David - I want to try out panoramas one day. Do you use a special head or just normal tripod?
  • David de Groot said:
    Just a normal tripod and then let the software deal with it. I've also done some hand-held in the past with good results. :)
    The advantage of the special heads is that they make perspective correction so much easier, but for most things I don't think they're that warranted.
  • Panorama Paul said:
    I knew that I'd see something beautiful when I clicked on the "original size" button... and I certainly wasn't disappointed! Just a pity that Flickr can't do better when they display thumbnails of panoramas... they really have to be seen large (preferably printed) to be appreciated!!
    Problem with most pano-stitching software is that it doesn't know what part of your photograph MUST be kept vertical (like a building) or horizontal (like the horizon)... so you usually end up with a seamlessly stitched image, but with everything leaning over and curved. This is almost impossible to correct at the post-stitching stage... and this is one of the main reasons why I hand-stitch all my panoramas (it's very time-consuming, but the only way to do it right (in my (not so humble) opinion)! ;-)
  • David de Groot said:
    That's true, but it does a fairly decent approximation. In this case, most of the buildings are straight and so is the horizon, but then the lens was level and on a tripod, which helped.
  • s.westhead (Simon) said:
    Man that lens is sharp as a tac. Awesome Pic as usual.
  • David de Groot said:
    Sure is :)
    Makes me wish I'd shot several rows at 200mm instead, saw a 80 image pano or so.
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Wow Dave, very nice mate
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Kane :)
  • flash of light said:
    Great scene. Must be a popular choice for photographs.
  • cindytoo said:
    The Brisbane pano is outstanding. Well done. That 70-200 IS is so crisp, great Bokeh and no CA. Good setting selection
    I have a PANO head if you want to borrow.
  • David de Groot said:
    It sure is popular. It's an easily accessible spot, with good views across to the city so a lot of photos are taken from here. Also popular with wedding photographers too.
    Thanks John :) I usually don't bother with pano heads as the software is fairly decent. I must compare with efforts by Shaun at some stage to see if it makes much of a difference (he's got a Panosaurus).
  • cindytoo said:
    With a pano head can photo full height
  • Shaun Johnston said:
    The pano head really comes into its own when you are going for extreme depth of field. Parallax presents itself at short depth of field so you're normally fine if your panorama consists of nothing closer than, say, 10 or 15 metres, or a little less if those elements aren't close to the middle of the image.
    Probably the best of mine for comparison to this image would be my black and white panorama from a similar vantage point. It includes the wall, cliff tops and the park below the cliffs as well as the cityscape.
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah well I may have to give one a go at some stage to see what all the fuss is about :)