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I make a really really big photo

Due to my work as a contract photographer for airbnb, I get access to property all over the city. Taking advantage of this access, I take a few frames after the shoot if they have a wide view of the city. Once I get home, I stitch them together for really wide views of the skyline.

Here is one of Binh Thanh district from District 2’s Thao Dien Ward.

Taken from 15 floors

Taken from 15 floors

This one is from Bui Vien, the famous backpacker street in the Pham Ngu Lao area.

Taken from 13 floors

Taken from 13 floors

I usually shoot these images at around 20mm to 40mm focal length which doesn’t make for large images. The most they run is 15,000 pixels on the long side at most.

Which takes me to the most recent attempt. I read about the Brenizer method in portraiture  and thought I could easily do that for the panoramics that I have been shooting.

Boy was I wrong.

Luckily, I had an airbnb shoot at the Copac Building in D4 a few days ago. I had shot in the building before and knew that it had a stunning northern view of District 1 and Thu Thiem, which is where the city has grand plans to build the new CBD. After the shoot, the host was gracious enough to let me shoot a total of 42 frames from her bedroom window. However, I decided to up the game a bit and shoot everything at 100mm at f/16 which gave tons of depth of field and let me get some serious details in each image.

Once I uploaded them, I brought them up in Lightroom and went to the Photomerge tool (Photo ->Photo Merge -> Panorama) and let the computer do it’s magic slog through the images. An hour later, I was presented with a rather cool stitched image.

Lots of white all around

Lots of white all around

Then I looked at the dimensions.

40,000 X 6000 pixels.

Yow.

Easily the largest one I’ve done so far. And handheld. No panorama head at work here!

Adjustments in Lightroom, an export to TIFF and some light NIK adjustments, some Content Aware and a final crop took another 4 hours.

Here is the whole image reduced to a reasonable size.

IMGL8132-Pano_Edited

And here is a 100% crop from the image. You can see the black box where I cropped it.

IMGL8132-Pano_LibertyCentralCrop
Talk about some serious detail.

Interested in some stupidly huge photos? Check out this link.

 

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Dey Krahom 2 years on

I had a chance to shoot this stitched image a couple days ago whilst shooting some office shots in the Phnom Penh Center. Inbetween portraits of some office staff, I had a chance to look outside and noticed a pristine football pitch where shacks stood before.

The office staff informed me that the 7NG football team practices there.

Stitched panorama from the Phnom Penh Center

Stitched panorama from the Phnom Penh Center

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Why I love AutoPano Pro

Panoramic view of Hun Sen park

Panoramic view of Hun Sen park

Taken on a 5 minute break from a shoot a week ago.

Handheld.

AutoPano Pro

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Back in the swing of things

Wow. Its been awhile since I have last posted. I guess the reason why is that I recently got married and all my life was about in my free time was wedding and more wedding.

So now I have exchanged the vows, kissed the bride, and gone on my honeymoon, its back to posting photos! Our honeymoon was in Cuba which is an amazing but hard place to travel in. One thing for sure is that Cuban cuisine is 300 times better outside Cuba! I guess Cuban cuisine suffered tremendously during the Special Period.

We spent most of our time in Havana with trips to Baracoa and Cienfuegos and I think my bride and I both agree that Baracoa was the highlight of the trip. But I will save Baracoa for another post.

For now, some panoramas from the trip.

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Getting in shape

Peters Canyon Panorama

Peters Canyon Panorama

Its been a while since I have updated the blog. In all honesty, I have been a bit lazy being back in California. So it was a moment of clarity (or it could have been the slowly disappearing feet) that made me call up my friend Milan and head to Peters Canyon for a nature hike.
So we did the great hike and I am feeling great! Also, another moment of clarity was to bring my newly resurrected Ricoh out of its bag and take some nature shots.

So here are the photos:

Sunflowers in Peters Canyon

Sunflowers in Peters Canyon

Hiking trails in Peters Canyon

Hiking trails in Peters Canyon

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Slacking

Since I have been back from vacation, I have been completely slack for the blog. Sorry about that.
Slowly getting back into the swing of things. Just a couple of photos from the trip that are worthy of posting but couldn’t because of my pano software being a little buggy. Now that it is fixed, I can give you a couple of panoramas from Syria.
First one is from Crak des Chevaliers or Qala’at Al-Hosn which TE Lawrence once dubbed “the finest castle in the world”(Thanks Lonely Planet). Amazing castle with lots to check out.
Second pano is of western Aleppo which is the second biggest town in Syria. Taken from the Citadel, you can see the massive souq or market below.

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Phnom Penh from the 6th floor

Had a meeting about some corporate photography this morning. I was able to view the site and take some pics with my Ricoh GX200. If you know Phnom Penh a bit, you can figure out where I took it.
Taken from the 6th floor with a Ricoh GX200 and stitched together with AutoPano Pro Tools stitching software.

Taken from the 6th floor

Taken from the 6th floor

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