Shooting an incredibly bright beach scene with a camera without a viewfinder is a tough thing to do, but shooting with manual exposure and focus helped. Although seeing detail in the camera’s LCD was impossible, I could see enough to make out the rough composition I needed for this panoramic.
I shot eight frames and merged them. A little extra saturation improved the colours. I used PhotoShop’s warp filter to take out the barrel distortion in the horizon: I’m sure there’s a better way, please feel free to leave a tip.
Hardware: Olympus EP-1, 17mm f/2.8
Settings: ISO 100, 1/250th @ f/16 Manual
Post: 8 frames merged in PhotoShop. Warp filter, increased saturation
3 thoughts on “Beach Pano”
Great post, thank you for sharing.
Nice image. I recently purchased an EPL1 and suffer the same “lack of vision” that you mentioned. The VF2 is my next purchase for sure.
I took some pano images at Falls Creek last week and found the Microsoft ICE freeware to be a good tool for panos. It will stitch the images together and balance exposure automatically. You will find it at http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/730cd6bb-6450-4e66-8101-a94e71cb0779/.
Thanks for the compliment and tip, but I can’t run Windows software on my Mac. (Well, OK, I could, but I’d have to run Windows too, and I don’t have the hard disc space to spare for that.)