Michael Nath  

Benson Slough by Michael Nath

November 2021 - Benson Slough

About the Image(s)

The image is composed of 5 photographs stitched together using Microsoft's Image Composite Editor (generally referred to as ICE) which is available as a free download. All 5 images were recorded at 1/25s, F22, ISO = 100 with a 24mm-70mm lens set as 24mm. Orientation of the camera was vertical (portrait) to include as much foreground as possible and stitching the images together provided the panoramic view in the final image. Editing of the composite image was done in Photoshop with NIK Vivenza used to enhance the color followed by Topaz AI Clear to sharpen and reduce noise a bit.

The use of a wide angle setting on the lens does exaggerate the distortion of the apparent depth of field and perspective but overall is less than what occurs with the use of my 14mm-24mm ultrawide angle lens.

9 comments posted

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Very creative to set the orientation to Vertical. Your colors and clarity are spot-on! This is a wonderful panorama. Nicely done   Posted: 11/02/2021 15:02:16
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Paul, I appreciate it.   Posted: 11/03/2021 09:45:48

Mark Bargen   Mark Bargen
Interesting experiment. Panning this way does allow one to create a sense of scale without the discomforting distortion effect with ultrawide focal length. You have a bit of a challenge with this setting, though, because the shape of the lake and foreground shoreline tends to create the *illusion* of distortion.

I wonder what the result would be had you captured a second row below (but overlapping) this one. (I'm assuming there wasn't something unattractive up close that you wished to avoid.)   Posted: 11/12/2021 07:40:17
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Mark for your input. As for your curiosity about capturing another row for the immediate foreground, it would reveal how close the road is to the water. I was standing only one or two steps off the road and I cropped out the gravel while leaving as much of the plant growth as possible in the image. When you are looking at the expanded view of the image, the road is in front of the houses on the left, disappears behind the trees and circles behind where I am standing. I didn't think that having the road in the final image would add anything to the final result. Sometimes you have to do the best you can with what is physically present and omit what distracts.   Posted: 11/12/2021 12:27:45
Mark Bargen   Mark Bargen
Indeed. And you done well with what you had!   Posted: 11/12/2021 14:30:13

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
I think this is a well composed panorama. I like that you have the slough completely in the image, including the grass section on the bottom. The focus looks really sharp to me with good depth of field. I appreciate the detail that the clouds add to the sky and I think it's an extra plus that some of them are reflected in the water. Great Job   Posted: 11/19/2021 12:07:43
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Ed, I appreciate it.   Posted: 11/19/2021 18:03:06

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I love your panos in fact you have inspired me to try and take panos. The reflection is what draws my eye   Posted: 11/26/2021 18:08:57
Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you Darcy, I really appreciate that.

My suggestion is to start with a medium wide angle (somewhere between 28mm and 35mm). Use a tripod if available and if stitching multiple exposures together overlap about 25 to 30 % to give Adobe Photoshop a lot of information to work with. Good Luck!   Posted: 11/26/2021 18:18:56


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