Wide Angle v Panorama

Dosewallips Road (Trail)

The Dosewallips Road is washed out in a couple of places and is now a 6 mile trail to the old car campground. The trail (road) starts in the Olympic National Forest and runs up into the Olympic National Park. This shot is just about at the trailhead … and shows what it looks like in mid-March. (except it’s usually cloudy and raining). It was shot with a 24-84mm zoom lens set at 24mm. A pretty typical wide angle lens without a lot of “wide angle” distortion.

Now look at the image below, which was taken with the same lens set at the same 24mm. However, in this case I have taken a series of images in the landscape format and stitched them together using Lightroom’s Photo Merge>Panorama option. This results in a much different image … I chose to continue higher into the overhead … but is also has a different viewpoint, since much of the sides were eliminated in the merging process.

I like them both, but they certainly have a different feel to them … you can always turn a series of images into a panorama, but the visual impact is different. And, if you aren’t careful with your exposure settings, you can get a result that doesn’t merge well. The bottom image was taken using “Auto” exposure control and as I moved the camera up to where the sky was in the image, the exposure changed. All I could do was to throw out those images where the exposure didn’t match and you can see the result: the image doesn’t extend to ground level.

Panorama of the Dosewallips Road (Trail)
Panorama without the ground level view

East Side of the Sierras

East Side of the Sierras

This is taken from the White Mountains looking west to the Sierras. The town of Big Pine is in the valley, just barely visible on the right side of the image.

Interior Olympics

Interior Olympics

This is the view from the Slab Camp trail looking SSE into the central Olympics.

Interior Olympics 2

This view is from a mile or so down the trail from the above. In this image you have a better view of the valleys coming together, close to meeting at Three Forks on the Gray Wolf River.

The valleys are the Lost Creek, Cameron Creek and Gray Wolf River.

Both images are composites of several frames … with the final file running over 130MB.

Water Panorama

Water Panorama

This may not look like a panorama, but I was sitting on a stream side rock and took a set of overlapping photos of the river using the normal lens that was the only lens I had with me. At home, using Lightroom Classic, I stitched the images together into a “wide angle” shot … using the “Create Panorama” tool.

This is the North Fork Skokomish River (Olympic National Park) at Camp Pleasant on the North Fork Skok trail.

Branches Panorama

Branches Panorama

This is actually a panorama image using three shots taken with a telephoto lens. I was impressed with the massive tangle of limbs.

  • Nikon D850 with Nikkor 300mm
  • ISO 400 1/60 sec f/9.0

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