Practice Shoot at Boscobel House & Gardens

Yesterday I spent a pleasant day at Boscobel House in the West Midlands and we were also treated to the displays from the nearby airshow, which was something unexpected. I seized this opportunity to refamiliarise myself with taking 360º panoramic shots.

In the past I have always shot in landscape orientation but after reading some of the tips that I found online, I decided that I would follow the advice and shoot in portraiture mode, as this enables you to capture more of the sky (zenith) and the ground (nadir)

“To build a 360°x180° panorama you have to take pictures on all directions, but not only on the horizon. You should also shoot the sky (zenith) and the ground (nadir)” (Duret-Lutz, n.d.)

Armed with my camera I proceeded to take my shots. At this stage I am capturing my shots hand held but this may need to be considered later on in the process.

Images obtained

The following settings were used:

  • “M” mode (Manual)
  • 1/500s
  • f 11
  • Focal length 12mm
  • ISO 200

When I got home I stitched the photos together using the Hugin Software to create a Equirectangular image. This took me longer than I had anticipated as I had not used the software for a while and had to keep on referring back to my notes. Hopefully throughout my Major Project I will become more accustomed to the software and it will become second nature.

Screen Shot of Stitching

Screen Shot

Equirectangular Image

Equirectangular

Stereographic Image

Stereographical

All Images ©Richard Brochu-Williams. All rights reserved.

Reflection

I am pleased that I have managed to achieve another stereographical image, the software took a little time to get used to again but I don’t see this being a problem within my project. Looking at the final image, I have realised that I need to consider my camera settings more carefully. The above picture has a lot of blown out highlights and this doesn’t make for a professional looking image that would be suitable for my Final Major Project. Looking back, it was a particularly bright day and maybe adjusting my aperture or shutter speed settings to compensate for this would have been good practice or even using my ND Filter.  I was unable to use my ND filter due to the fact that it only fits my 18-200mm lens and not my 12mm-24mm wide-angle lens as the thread on the ND filter is ø67mm and my wide-angle lens has a thread of ø77mm. I have also considered shooting later on in the day, maybe dusk. More experimentation is needed to achieve better & higher quality results.

References

Duret-Lutz, A. (n.d.). Wee planets. [online] Flickr. Available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gadl/sets/72157594279945875/# [Accessed 9 Jun. 2014].

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