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Panorama Trials and Tribulations (warning very wide images)

Snowdonia Panorama:

I was never really happy with the Olympus panorma function. It worked but I did not like the results. It always looked like the end result was "curved" in some way and that offended my aesthetics. The "bumpy" nature of the final picture also seemed a little exagerated when each image was taken with a rectilinear lens. Then there is the problem of converging (horizontal) lines as distance to the left and right objects increases (assuming you are not standing directly in the centre of a circluar building or mountain range). The overlap shows some strange artifacts as well.

As an aside, I think what I really want to do is to take a video of the panorama and have something extract the middle column of each frame and put it together in the same way that an old fashioned revolving slit camera would do for one of those wide group photos.

Having recently installed ICE onto my machine I decided to revisit one of my panorama attempts. None of the "projections" it offers suited my aesthetics either so I decided to see what I could do in Photoshop Elements and stitch together 6 shots of Snowdonia.

Here is the Olympus panorama. The sky shows the boundary between images 1 and 2 and the whole of the join between images 5 and 6 is visible. I have not cropped it so you can see the result as presented.


And here is the ICE version. A definite improvement in the quality if not in the visual appeal. The stone wall bordering the path to the parked cars (images 5 and 6) has a pronounced curve.


Here is my attempt. What do you think? I have cleaned up the joins, matched the hues in adjacent images, and done some light cloning to clean up artifacts caused by stretching the images to fit together. I could not get the stone wall (see earlier comment) to smoothly join between images 5 and 6 so left it as a sharp angle which I think looks better than the curve.
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