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Aug 11, 2014 10:13 AM

Playing With Panorama

During our vacation, we went up to the Kancamagus Highway between Conway and Lincoln, New Hampshire. Our usual swimming hole up there is closed for renovations, so we drove further up to Otter Rocks. While my two youngest sons played in the water (it's not deep enough for swimming), my lovely and talented wife painted the scenery. And I, left with nothing else to do, did some experimenting with my iPhone.

The camera application on the iPhone has a panorama setting, which I've used before, but never to this extent. There just seemed to be more scenery at Otter Rocks that was suitable for extended width, and height. Or maybe it was just the mood I was in.

In any case, here are some of the better results:

Here is the lady herself, Karen Hardenbergh, painting. She doesn't use an easel most of the time; she just hold the canvas in her hand, or sets it down on the bench in front of her.

Here is a section of the river. Exposure is an interesting problem with the panoramas unless you are shooting somewhere that has fairly consistent lighting, which almost never happens outdoors. There are probably digital manipulations I could do to alleviate some of the dark areas, and I may try when I have the time.

Panorama mode on the iPhone works in vertical mode as well as horizontal. It's a little trickier to keep the guide arrow lined up to prevent too much choppiness, but the results are worth the effort, I think.

Another vertical shot. Distortion is always present in close objects in a panorama. But I rather like the effect here.

My vacation may be over, but my sons' is not, and so I suspect that I will find myself having time to play around more with this feature. And, on occasion, I'll probably post the results for you to see.

But meanwhile, it's back to work for me.


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