Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wide Enough

So I was at the KLCC Twin Towers after work today, chilling and having a nice drink watching the sun died, and I decided to do some long exposure shooting. Then I realized, that Sony 18-70mm kit lens, at 18mm wide end, was not wide enough to fit even 3/4 of the tower where I was standing. 

So I mounted the camera on the tripod, and did multiple shots to be stitched into panorama image, done by Hugin, a freeware pano-stitching software. 

Sony DSLR Alpha A350 and Kit lens 18-70mm

Manual Exposure, 2sec, F/8, ISO100, 2sec self-timer, camera on tripod, SSS Off
15 photographs taken (5x3 grid) for stitching


Manual Exposure, 5sec, F/8, ISO100, 2sec self-timer, camera on tripod, SSS Off
15 photographs taken (5x3 grid) for stitching

I did say I love long exposure photography right? And also I did say I love wide angle shooting? Well, I will not be buying any new lenses soon, so this panorama cheap trick will have to suffice for my wide angle cravings. 

Not everyone has the money to spend on expensive lenses you know ! But that does not mean we should not be shooting either. 

30 comments:

  1. Wow! Robin, this is exquisite - simply stunning. The best pictures I have ever seen from KLCC. You should sell these tot the tourism board or something. This is really very special. I love well-captured nightshots, but this is truly breathtaking.

    I just love Hugin too, but I've never achieved results like this I've done some simple panos with good results, but not these grid patterns. I have to try - you inspired me ;-)

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    1. Thanks Andre !!
      Well, I did not really had much choice but to stack the grip upwards, because KLCC was going high up !! Not stretching sideways, so to fit everything I needed to stack up the pano !

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  2. no way... simply Wow! Perfectly aligned! How did you get the shots that perfectly aligned since you had 15 shots for 1 pic?

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    1. Hey Johan,
      I really did not do anything much !! The magic was in the software, auto-stitch !!! Really !!

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    2. Its true ... the software really works... much better than my stock canon photostich

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  3. Really good work - I am really impressed about the quality of stitching so many shots without leaving traces of your work in the pics...... damn good job !!

    Greets, Karsten

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  4. Colours of these 2 photos are beautiful with the building lights that glows in the night sky. Great job stitching the photo together (I have done a few myself in the past).

    After a few tries with your newly purchased Sony equipment, you certainly are getting better each time at handling its features. I liked the monochrome series a couple of articles ago and the last one as well with indoor ceremony. Matters not so much which camera, as what photographer does post processing of image he can adjust colours to suit to taste. I have only used Sony Camcorders which I like, not yet any still Sony DSLR cameras (except maybe earlier other brand small compacts with Sony sensors). But now I am fan of Sony and Olympus cameras as very capable cameras in the right hands. I noticed Kirk Tuck decided to buy the new full frame Sony A99 (same sensor I believe as D600) to add to his 2 SLTs.
    Great work Robin! I imagine the body image stabilization sounds like a great plus of the Sony.

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    1. Hello Adrian,
      Thanks again for such kind remarks !! The KLCC is indeed a sight to behold, you must visit it both during the day and night. They look very different on those times !!

      It does take time to get to know the camera well, and I believe Sony is very capable. I believe Kirk is very happy with his Sony now, mainly because of the electronic viewfinder. I must admit the EVF on his A77 is simply amazing, with great resolution and good refresh rate.

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  5. Stunning work, really like them. Lucky you're not in the UK. Over here, as soon as you take out a tripod, security will be on you. They will say you're a professional photographer because you've a tripod, then you're a security risk "your photos will be used by terrorists" and then finally it is a trip hazard.

    Keep up with the good work.

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    1. Thanks Yat for the kind compliments. I guess I am fortunate to be in Malaysia, generally they have no issues of us taking photos anywhere.

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  7. master of Hugin... 15 shots.. wow..
    great shots.. 2nd shot of the KLCC really nice...
    only been to KLCC once during the day..

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    1. Thanks Eric !!
      It was not that difficult stitching with hugin, mostly was automated with little fine-tuning !!
      You MUST go to KLCC at night and bring along a tripod !

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  8. hello sony mate! great work! i love all the pics!

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    1. hey Eny.
      Thanks for the kind words.

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  9. Robin, both of these photos are very, very impressive. Excellent job! I just wonder how much processing of the individual photos you do before you input them into the Hugin program. I'll have to look it up on the web, and see if it accepts RAW files, or does it need TIFF or JPG. Besides these technical inquiries, once again I just had to write something to let you know how impressed I am with these two photos!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Gregg !!
      I did not process any photos, I shot all in JPEG and chucked them all into the Hugin (I dragged and dropped), made sure the lens focal length and crop factor was correct, and the software just runs by itself alighning everything. I notice that I set the WB to Auto in camera and there was some inconsistency, but the Hugin somehow managed to automatically adjusted for smooth transitions from one photo being stitched to another. The original output from the Hugin was a 24MP Tiff file, which I then converted to JPEG and post-processed further.

      I think, the most important thing to remember when doing pano was allowing at least 20-30% overlap between each photo when shooting. The more you over-lap the less chance for error in stitching.

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  10. Wooowww ...its so great pano... need tutorial to do pano like this hehehe...
    please make a great pano with olympus pen too ^,^

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    1. Hello Indri,
      Thanks !! Pano is just a technique, it does not matter which camera you use.

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  11. Hello Robin,

    I really like the pictures for their motives and perspectives. But I dont like stitching because you always see that it is stitched.
    You simply cant print these pictures .. its a pitty

    try to get a ultra wideangle lens. I dont know what you can get for your sony gear but I know a few 4/3 alterantives ;-)

    regards
    Gerrit

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    1. Dear Gerrit,
      I have ultra wide angle lens. But whats the fun of that? Panorama requires plenty of effort, trials and error, to get it right.
      Now that itself, is a challenge, which makes things more interesting.

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    2. Hi Robin,

      I dont get your question "But whats the fun of that?". Whats the fun about photography at all?

      For me its not about after processing and software magic. This magic does work on the first look but not at a closer look.

      regards
      Gerrit

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    3. Hello again Gerrit,
      I think you misunderstand my intentions. Oh well...

      You were saying "try to get ultra wide angle lens".

      I have Olympus 11-22mm, and yes, it takes marvelous wide angle shot. Simply amazing, no other lens can do what it does, and it is one of my favourite lenses I cannot live without. You were commenting as if I have no experience on using an ultra wide angle lens. I have tried all 9-18mm, 7-14mm, and I once had an original Olympus 8mm fisheye.

      And then you also said "pity, you cannot print".

      I never intended to print them in the first place.

      If I wanted to do serious photography, and if it was a paid assignment, surely I would not hesitate to pick up a wide angle lens. however, this session, I was shooting only for FUN.

      I do not intend to invest in Sony that much. That does not mean I cannot do what I want to do. The easiest and most efficient way to work around ultra wide angle lens, was using panorama stitching. It was not perfect, but who ares? It was FUN !!

      Try something different. Play with lesser equipment, with the restrictions, you will be more creative, and you will improve. Believe me, it works.

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    4. By the way, there is a professional photographer, Ming Thein, check out his blog here:
      http://blog.mingthein.com

      He does landscape and architecture photography as a commercial photographer, he does LOADS of panorama stitching and all sorts of composite images. Wanna bet if he prints his images?

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    5. Hello Robin,

      I know there are some people who can do the stitching very well. For me all the stitching never worked perfectly or it is simply to much effort to do the corrections. And I saw the same small stitching errors in your pictures.
      Thats why I recommend to use wide ultra angle lenses. My widest lens is the 12-60 which simply is not wide at all and I doubt the 11-22 is wide enough to take these shots you have done. Please correct me if I am wrong.

      I would like to see a shot of the same scenario made with the 7-14 which I really think of buying it. But until now I will not spend any money in Olympus 4/3 gear due to the unclear future of 4/3 at all. I will stick to the E-520 until it is broken. I hope this will never happen.

      Gerrit

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