The process of a Panorama

By April 24, 2015Gothenburg, Panoramas, Sweden

A couple of days ago I went out with the intention to do some Timelapse here in the Gothenburg harbor.
I wanted some boats going past the frame and clouds moving in the sky, but as I got to the spot there was no movement at all. No clouds and no traffic in the harbor.
So I decided to do a Panorama of the harbor with a few famous landmarks. ( here’s the final shot)

Goteborg Panorama - Harbor Photography

The final image – Gothenburg Harbor Panorama

To get the shot I had to crawl under a fence and get into an area that is more or less abandoned and closed for the public. As I stood there looking at the view the sun reflecting off the building and I saw the opportunity to take the shot with the reflecting sun, giving me a sun-flare that hopefully would make the shot more interesting. Without any clouds I needed something to make it pop.
I knew I had only a few minutes to take the shot with the sun hitting the building from that angle, so I set the tripod up and took 1 test shot. I then took the three shots I needed, without having the time to fix the angle or the horizon…I just took three shots 24mm f/16 at 1/160

As I checked the shots i noticed they were really badly aligned and the horizon was really tilted. Really bad as you can see on the “straight out of the camera” shots below.
I got everything aligned and the horizon straight. As I looked up to take the next series, the light was gone. – I only had one chance since I was so late. So these are the shots I worked on to get the Panorama I wanted. Note to self: So always plan on getting there early so you have time to  set everything up and do some test-shots, to be sure.

I can always replace the sky at a later date or take another panorama from the same location when the sky is more interesting. For now, this will do.

As You can see here, the shots were not that good and I had to work really hard with them in Photoshop, aligning everything with he help of the fantastic “Adaptive Wide Angle filter” – Fantastic tool. I will not bother you with the whole process for now, I just wanted to show how amazing of a tool it is. ( there’s plenty of really good tutorials out there) 😉

Straight out of camera

Straight out of camera

Straight out of camera

Straight out of camera

Straight out of camera

Straight out of camera

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