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:
- Set camera profile to “Camera Standard”.
- Enabled lens profile corrections.
- Set exposure and blacks to adjust the white and black points.
- Adjusted the brightness slightly higher to raise the mid tones.
- 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…