Sand Dunes Sunset Panorama

Looks like I did manage to capture a single landscape image from the last visit to Sand Dunes, where Sergey and I had some fun taking pictures of aerial kicks. I thought nothing good would come out, since it was extremely windy and there was too much dust and sand in the air.

Sand Dunes Sunset Panorama

The above is a panoramic image that I shot hand-held with the 24mm f/1.4G. It did not get stitched properly due to parallax errors, but the bad stitches are not that visible because of the moving sand. The 24mm was not wide enough for a single shot and I knew that it wouldn’t work, but I only took one lens with me and I did not have much choice…

I will soon write an article about Panorama stitching techniques, where I will go into more details about the above problem.

  • Pasquier

    Hi Nasim,
    I continue to be impressed by your stitched panoramas – and am really going to have to try out this technique. I’ve been a fan of panos ever since using the Hasselblad Xpan – but in these digital days – I’m reluctant to go back to film – the image quality of the D700 and new Nikon glass continues to astound me.
    Look forward t reading a detailed instruction piece on how to “stitch”.
    Best, P :)

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Thank you Pasquier! Yes, you should definitely try to shoot and stitch a panorama. You can get a lot more resolution from your camera by doing a panorama, which is very nice for large prints.

      I will be spending some time this weekend with my family (my mom, my sister & her family are coming to Denver from London) and then I’m off to Orlando next week, so I will do my best to write it soon.

  • Dennis

    I thought is nice, can’t really tell if it has bad stitches. Look forward to the article.


    • Nasim Mansurov

      Dennis, if you look a the original image, you will be able to tell that it was not stitched properly :)

  • Aaron Priest

    At web resolutions, it looks really good! Even without parallax, moving objects like sand or leaves are also difficult to deal with, especially if you attempt an HDR panoramic. PhotoShop CS5 deals with moving objects better I’ve read, but I haven’t explored that feature yet. I’m still using tufuse and smartblend.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Aaron, thank you! I’m planning to test that feature in CS5 as soon as I get back to Denver (currently in Glenwood Springs). I already have a copy, but haven’t installed it yet :)

      • Aaron Priest

        I’ve played around some with CS5’s HDR (but not stitching panoramics yet). I was not all that impressed with the new HDR “Pro” functionality. Could be I don’t know what I’m doing (likely!!!), but I’m still getting better results for my type of work (indoor architecture and real estate) using the various fusion techniques out there. I’m curious to hear what you think comparing it to Photomatix for landscapes.

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  • George

    You should say some words about gigapixel panoramas.

    As I was reading your article, being a tech person myself, an old idea came back into my mind: a way to take the photos automatically. Then, with a little help from Google, I’ve found some really nice projects, like this one , controlling a Merlin moving telescope head with Papywizard or the Panoduino project.

    I will be making one of these this summer for some really big panoramas or time lapse movies.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      George, that sounds awesome! Let me know how it turns out, I’m sure our readers will be excited to see your images :)

  • Richard Peters

    What a beautiful image! Love the way the cloud cuts the sky in half. Bet this would look fantastic printed big.

    • Nasim Mansurov

      Richard, thank you for your feedback! I will see if I can fix the image and then I will post a downloadable wallpaper version :)

  • jmitch

    I’m interested in stitching with a 24mm 1.4g. How do you do it without inducing undesired effects?! I mean to ask, do you set on a tripod and rotate the head (I imagine this would cause a wrap look in extreme cases)? Do you just shuffle your feet a few dozen paces and shoot within the same focal plane? Thanks, fantastic blog!