FINALLY processing stuff from 2007...

Aharami

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very nice! I love your panos! Did you do noise reduction on any of those?
 

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Originally posted by: Aharami
very nice! I love your panos! Did you do noise reduction on any of those?

Thanks :)

I remember doing some NR in a few of the pictures. Don't remember which ones though. Because the sand is so white, chroma noise shows very easily, so NR was basically to get rid of chroma.
 

troytime

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absolutely beautiful shots!!

those are worthy of printing on calendars and such.
you should be contacting the tourism department of NM and WSNM. seriously.
 

AndrewR

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Are you stitching those together for the panoramics? If so, with what software? Great work!
 

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Thanks guys.

Yes, they are mostly all panoramas that have been stitched together. I use AutoPano Pro exclusively for all my panos.

http://www.autopano.net/

Considering that I shoot a TON of panos, the $150 price was well worth it for me.

I'll look into marketing these to someone ;)
 

Aharami

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is autopano really that much better than the free autopano-sift+hugin+smartblend solution to warrant the price?
 

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Originally posted by: Aharami
is autopano really that much better than the free autopano-sift+hugin+smartblend solution to warrant the price?

It really depends on the volume of panos that you do. IMO the final output of the free solution can be just as good as Autopano Pro, but APP is just so much more streamlined and requires less user involvement. It also allows batching and automatically finds stitches within a group of images.

The big killer for me with the free solution was that sometimes it would crash or just not work with larger panos.

If you don't do that many panos, I don't think there is a reason to pay for APP. Hugin should be good enough.
 

AndrewR

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Originally posted by: fuzzybabybunny
Thanks guys.

Yes, they are mostly all panoramas that have been stitched together. I use AutoPano Pro exclusively for all my panos.

http://www.autopano.net/

Considering that I shoot a TON of panos, the $150 price was well worth it for me.

I'll look into marketing these to someone ;)

Ok, last question on your panos then. What kind of head are you using with your camera? I will confess to not understanding the process that well, but I would guess the mount can make a difference in taking the succession of shots.

I'm using a cheap Bogen-Manfrotto head right now and need something else. :)
 

Aharami

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while a nice expensive head would help, you dont really need one, or a tripod to create nice panos. The software is really versatile. It can line up the images to make a straight pano even if some are crooked. Most of my panos are handheld and they come out fine (IMO). Such as, this was taken handheld and is made from 4 images, but looks pretty seamless
 

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BTW fuzzy, how do you come up with all these places to visit? Do you have some master list of places to go somewhere? I'm just wondering because you travel around the country quite a bit.

Awesome shots as always!
 

AndrewR

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Originally posted by: Aharami
while a nice expensive head would help, you dont really need one, or a tripod to create nice panos. The software is really versatile. It can line up the images to make a straight pano even if some are crooked. Most of my panos are handheld and they come out fine (IMO). Such as, this was taken handheld and is made from 4 images, but looks pretty seamless

I don't want an expensive head, just a nice one. :)

Even if one isn't needed, I really dislike my current head (486RC2, I think) primarily because the "lock" is very iffy especially with my Tamron 200-500. I find myself cranking it down to secure the camera, and I have a difficult time keeping the proper framing.
 

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Nice work..... Beautiful place and you did it justice with your captures and processing...

 

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Originally posted by: fanerman91
BTW fuzzy, how do you come up with all these places to visit? Do you have some master list of places to go somewhere? I'm just wondering because you travel around the country quite a bit.

Awesome shots as always!

I'm basically just a National Parks fan. Go to practically any park and you're bound to find something awesome. Don't discount the smaller national monuments either. I've basically hit up most of the national parks in the country, but I still need to do ones in the northern east coast, west coast north of Yosemite, and revisit places like the Tetons, Yellowstone, and Crater Lake. I'm really distressed with graduation and all that... now that I have a job my vacation time has been cut from, what, 4 months to 10 days? :(
 

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Originally posted by: AndrewR
Originally posted by: Aharami
while a nice expensive head would help, you dont really need one, or a tripod to create nice panos. The software is really versatile. It can line up the images to make a straight pano even if some are crooked. Most of my panos are handheld and they come out fine (IMO). Such as, this was taken handheld and is made from 4 images, but looks pretty seamless

I don't want an expensive head, just a nice one. :)

Even if one isn't needed, I really dislike my current head (486RC2, I think) primarily because the "lock" is very iffy especially with my Tamron 200-500. I find myself cranking it down to secure the camera, and I have a difficult time keeping the proper framing.

I have the same exact 486RC2 and I agree with you that it doesn't lock very well with a large lens. But as Aharami said, the software is very versatile, but most of my panos were taken at around 100mm and of objects in the distance, so any errors as a result of not swiveling around the nodal point is extremely, extremely minimal. You run into issues when you have close foreground objects, but even these the software can usually get around.

I want to someday replace my ballhead with something like a Kirk, but I'd be replacing it for better locking abilities, not for panos.
 

tfinch2

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Originally posted by: fuzzybabybunny
Originally posted by: fanerman91
BTW fuzzy, how do you come up with all these places to visit? Do you have some master list of places to go somewhere? I'm just wondering because you travel around the country quite a bit.

Awesome shots as always!

I'm basically just a National Parks fan. Go to practically any park and you're bound to find something awesome. Don't discount the smaller national monuments either. I've basically hit up most of the national parks in the country, but I still need to do ones in the northern east coast, west coast north of Yosemite, and revisit places like the Tetons, Yellowstone, and Crater Lake. I'm really distressed with graduation and all that... now that I have a job my vacation time has been cut from, what, 4 months to 10 days? :(

Who pays for you to go to all those places? :confused: