RE: [PanoToolsNG] Re: Panoramic Mural at Grand Canyon N.P. Visitors Center
I use the same head for both small and very large panoramas. I ALWAYS start the first image on 0 degrees, that way I don’t have to think about which direction I should finish in.
I am about to buy the new 8-15mm canon lens, the Manfrotto head is too big to use with this, I saw the bracket made by Roger Berry from India Tours, just can’t find an engineer over here (New Zealand) with the imagination to make one for me. Roger, are you in the market for making some (one) more and charging a fair rate for it? If you are I am first in the queue!!!
I've enjoyed the thread and am only stepping in to support you in what seems to some to me an old world process.. I also have the Manfrotto head with all the goodies. I've even had some parts machined for me to expand it's use a bit. I would say it's a clunky extremely high precision head.. and does a great job.. I have actually shot a 6x7 and 4x5 off it.. This summer I used it to try to capture a scene by a famous painter that was done 40 years ago... All I was after was recreating his image of long ago so no 360 stuff.. Almost 12 GB of files with a D700.. (HDR also) The head just works..
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From: Paul Fretheim
Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2012 12:14 PM
Subject: [PanoToolsNG] Re: Panoramic Mural at Grand Canyon N.P. Visitors Center
> Very interesting to me. Great achievement by any means, especially without motorized pano head.
> Thank you for your answer.
> A Kielcz
> Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
The Manfrotto pano system has a set screw which you set to whatever
number of images you want. With a 50 mm lens I shoot 36 images to go all
around, which is a shot every 10 degrees. So you just set it to stop
every 10 degrees and just move one stop at a time around. There isn't
much difference between moving 10 degrees by hand and letting a motor do
it. You just have to pay attention and remember if you shot that stop or
not as you make your way around through the 10 degree increments.
Sometimes that is difficult at a busy place like the Grand Canyon with a
hundred curious visitors wondering about what you are doing with the
strange tripod taking so many exposures.
Thanks for your kind words. The interpretive and archival staff at the
Grand Canyon sent out a request to all concerned to submit any images
they were aware of of the Canyon. There was an image shot from the same
spot roughly at the same time of year on my "Take Home Grand Canyon in
Virtual Reality!" DVD which has been sold at the visitors centers at
Grand Canyon for many years, and that image was the one chosen by the
staff for the mural. I wasn't aware of the competition or selection of
my work until I was contacted to see if I was interested in the commission.
The old one on my DVD was a pretty good image, but that was shot years
ago and techniques and cameras have improved a lot over the intervening
years, so I went over and re-shot the image in a higher resolution with
a digital camera for the mural image. I was lucky to get a day when the
river was its traditional brown. Since the Glen Canyon dam went into
operation in 1964 much of the time the river runs green/blue which is
not its historic appearance.