The family was at East Coast Park prawning. I am not a prawning person so I walked over to the beach to take some photos.
The following is a panorama done by taking 38 images hand held and then stitching it together in Autopano Giga. I must admit that Autopano Giga makes it so simple. The final image is about 90M pixel in size which is huge.
The following is a HDR done in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 which I like for its more realistic look.
On Sunday, I noticed that the clouds were very beautiful so I walked over to Chinese Garden to try my luck at a panorama. The result is shown below:
Not too bad for a panorama done hand held. Next I tried HDR and panorama, again hand held with 5 frames of 2EV spacing. The result is shown below:
Certainly, the dynamic range is wider here and the results are more spectacular. The HDRs were done in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 followed by stitching in Autopano Giga 3.
The following are a couple more HDRs.
Took a day’s leave today to run some errands. Happened to be near Changi Village so Pauline and I took the opportunity to have lunch there. After lunch we walked to the beach where I shot a couple of photos intending to create a panorama. The above image is the result of that effort. I used a variable neutral density filter to cut down the light so that I can use f5.6 at a reasonable 1/500 shutter speed. I had to lower my shutter speed so that I can do a proper bracketing of the exposure. In the past, with that much light at noon, there was just no way for me to get the bracketing done right. The under exposed images could not be taken at the desired exposure and the aperture was too small resulting in diffraction issues. Originally I intended to do a HDR panorama which worked using a combination of Autopano Giga 3, Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 and Lightroom 5. However I thought that the result was just a bit too unrealistic. A panorama done using Autopano Giga 3 followed by Nik Color Efex Pro resulted in a much nicer image (shown above).
The final image was a whooping 56M pixel in size taking up > 300MB of disk space. I am very impressed with the final image since all the 11 images were taken hand held. I am going to try taking a larger one and see if it is still doable.
Pauline and I were at Downtown East for her school cheerleading event. While she attended to her school kids, I took the opportunity to take a couple of photos with the intend of making a HDR panorama. The result is shown below:
The images were bracketed at 2 EV apart for 5 images and 7 different images taken with overlaps. The images were then loaded into Autopano Giga 3 for the stitching and HDR. Not a bad first attempt. There were some artefacts in the sky probably due to the differences in exposure. Autopano Giga 3 is dead easy to use.
The following is another HDR done in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2.
The HDR effect is a lot better here. Seems that a dedicated HDR software is still better.