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[OM] Re: Lanscape's via PC stitching,

Subject: [OM] Re: Lanscape's via PC stitching,
From: "Tom Scales" <tscales@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2005 18:13:03 -0400
From: "John A. Lind" <jalind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

> If they're done with an aligned setup on a tripod:
> (a)  Registration in the stitching process is easier for the software to
> find and perform properly, and there is less risk of a "seam" showing from
> the smoothing process performed to try to hide it.
> (b)  There is less cropping of the top and bottom of the panoramic leaving
> more photograph to work with vertically (on a horizontal pano).
> -- John Lind


All excellent points and for some of these locations, I will likely redo the 
shot on a tripod. Many are on a bike trail and we ride our tandem in and 
carrying more than just a camera can be a challenge (any bicyclists with 
recommendations on a good way to carry a heavy camera and have it ready to 

The only advantage I have with the handheld shots is that I have so many 
pixels I can afford to throw lots of them away.  I have 4320 pixels 
vertically, which is pretty close to what I was getting with my 4000dpi film 
scanner (about 75%).  I do agree that the registration is key, which is why 
I over-overlap at about 30-35%.  I usually also lock the exposure by 
metering in the middle of the panorama, lock it, then start the shots.

These were with the latest version of Photovista.If you've ever owned a 
version (mine was 1.3 from when it was still LivePicture), then you can 
upgrade for $12.95 by emailing their support. Well worth it.


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