Snow Panorama

During the recent snow storms there were so many opportunities to try out different techniques. I decided to do a panoramic shot of our house with all the snow before it melted. Using my Canon 5D and EF 50mm f/1.4 lens, I rotated the camera vertical and took 13, slightly overlapping exposures. To avoid any variations and exposing to keep the snow with some detail, I shot these in manual mode using: RAW, ISO 100, 1/160 sec, f/4.0.

I first needed to do a little RAW processing in CS5 Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) before stitching these together. The following was done to all of the images in this order:

  1. Set camera profile to “Camera Standard”.
  2. Enabled lens profile corrections.
  3. Set exposure and blacks to adjust the white and black points.
  4. Adjusted the brightness slightly higher to raise the mid tones.
  5. Set white balance based on a detailed snow area.

With all 13 RAW exposures selected in Bridge(CS5), I launched the Photomerge tool. I just used the automatic mode and selected to remove vignette from each image. Photomerge did a great job stitching the exposures together. All I had to do was do a little trim/crop to clean up the edges. It’s unfortunate that the garage door is not closed. I’ll try to pay better attention next time… ;)

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