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Vancouver at Sunrise (Photomerging to create Pano's)

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This morning I woke up at 5am to shoot at sunrise from Stanley Park.

It was quite cold this morning, but I grabbed my jacket, camera, tripod & mono pod and headed for the park.

This is the view of downtown from Stanley Park in Vancouver, the colours this morning were absolutely gorgeous. I was really lucky to get such beautiful light and hope I can do it at least once more again before I leave to go back home to London next week.

Info for shot:

– Canon 5D with my 50mm 1.8

– Shot at ISO 800, f/5.6 at 1/125

– 18 shots.

My good buddy Dr Rave showed me how to do this in London earlier this year and I love playing around with this trick in PS and with my camera! Thanks Ravi!

To photomerge do the following in Photoshop

Click on Tools – Photoshop – Photomerge, let PS do its stuff and then I clicked on Collage.

… And that’s it!

The file will be pretty huge at this stage, but I cropped it to get the best fit and then resized the image to fit my blog.

Important info on set up:

To take a panoramic shot, make sure that you’re overlapping the images… a lot! If you miss a part of the shot, it wont work..
I think I shoot about 50% of the previous scene in the next shot and then continued for the whole scene and I took 18 shots to produce the above image..
I also used the same focal length throughout (This was shot with the Canon 50mm 1.8) – If you use a zoom lens, be careful not to change the focal length.
Finally keep the camera at a consistent height throughout and keep the same exposure throughout – I ensured that I got the correct exposure, stayed on manual mode and used the above settings for every shot.
This is just the way I do it, if I’m doing anything that could be improved upon, please let me know.
Updates:

DrRave: Shoot the images vertically (i.e. portrait) to include more into your image.

Simon: When you’re shooting panos handheld, position your feet so they are pointing towards the last shot in the sequence rather than twisting around from the starting position. It makes it less of a strain towards the end and you stand a better chance of getting perfect shots.

Its my birthday today, so I’m off now to watch the Arsenal match (come on you Gunners!), shop around Vancouver and then grab some dinner and wine tonight!

Have a great day…

Sachin
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Comments
Jess

wow! just wow. can't wait to try the photomerge in photoshop…loved learning that at WPPI :) most importantly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! hope you have an awesome day!

Also don't forget to shoot Vertical instead of Horizontal, a lot more can be captured that way ;)
Love the shot, and have a great Birthday.

That is an amazing photo!

I love Vancouver!

This is beautiful! :)

BillF

Great job capturing the experience. I live south of Olympia, Washington, and the colors were just as vivid. We even had a rare “mountain shadow” as the sun's rays were shaded by Mt. Rainier.

Happy birthday Sachin!! I watched J* creative live course and have to say your are my fav fab 5! jajaja hope you enjoy jour day, thanks a lot for sharing the how-to for this great pano!!!
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Mihir

This is pretty darn good :) Love the colours

Great shot, thanks for the how to Sachin. Shame about the Gunners though! ;)

simonj1970

When you're shooting panos handheld, position your feet so they are pointing towards the last shot in the sequence rather than twisting around from the starting position. It makes it less of a strain towards the end and you stand a better chance of getting perfect shots.

sachinkhona

That's a great trip!! Ill definitely try that out next time…
Thank you Simon ..

sachinkhona

Thanks James.. I think ;)

sachinkhona

Thank you Adriana!
Share with us your pano when you try it…

sachinkhona

Yes.. great point!! I have edited above to include this.. Thanks Ravi!!

sachinkhona

Thank you Jess!!!

Marta VonGrey

Great shot. I have wanted to try a pano shot myself. Thanks for some great tips on achieving one.

Beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing, awesome tips. I might try.

ps. love your work!

Ajay

Stunning shot(s)! Well worth getting up early for!

Smallburst

beautiful shot. Happy belated birthday!

Photobyneil

Hey Happy B-Day!!! great shoot love the colors in SKY. Keep it up..Neil

Nicole

So pretty, I like the contrast with the cityscape.

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