“Photomerge” can be Weird
Since we’re about to embark on another trip westward in a couple of weeks, I thought it might be a good idea to get in a little practice hauling around large quantities of photographic gear and to reacquaint myself with stuff like mirror lockup on my “big” Canon. Even firmly attached to a tripod, camera shake caused by a moving mirror (at certain shutter speeds) can mess things up.
I also wanted to practice doing something I’ve done precious little of – creating panoramas in PS using 4 or 5 “stitched” images. Hence, this photograph. Not a great picture, for sure, but it taught me a few things. Of most interest – and entertainment – I discovered that if you do things slowly enough when creating a panorama, you can get the same people at both ends of the image. I didn’t see that until I had created the darn thing, but it’s there. If you look in the right-hand side of the frame, you’ll see 3 people – a woman in a red dress and white hat and her 2 sons (at least I assume that’s who they are). If you look very closely at the upper left side, you’ll see the same 3 people. They’d walked around me during my little session and were now standing in another observation area. The effect is kinda weird. To me, anyway.
I also discovered that to do a panorama well, one must make very sure that the camera angle is constant. In this case, it wasn’t. After taking the first frame (the far right side), I realized that the camera was tilted just a bit. So I corrected it. Photoshop recognized that movement and created a strange shaped composite that needed some serious cropping.
As a side note, you might wonder where all the water is. If you’ve ever visited Letchworth, you may have gotten wet from the Middle Falls’ spray standing in this very spot. And, at this time of day, there’s always a rainbow running across the bank on the far side. But not this past Friday. I’ve never seen the water this low. The only visible spray was at the base of the falls. We’ve had rain, but apparently not enough.