Hastings Pier Panorama

This is really just an experiment. I was in Hastings today and took this panoramic photo of the pier (recently restored) during a short break between meetings. The experimental bit of it is that it’s two shots merged together in the latest Photoshop.

Up until now I’ve been using Elements 9 (yes, something that old), but I finally succumbed to the Creative Cloud option (free via a work licence) and so far so very good. I’m still playing around with it so you can expect a few more experiments in the coming weeks. Creating 3D images is on the list.

I’m also using the latest Lightroom (version 6, part of Creative Cloud) for initial processing (great ‘red eye’ tools for animals among other things, so a nice upgrade from my stand-alone version 5).

Here’s the picture. Click on the image to get a 2000px wide version

Hastings Pier

Hastings Pier

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens.

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  1. Darko June 24, 2016 at 3:54 am #

    It is actually very crisp in details and a nice composition. Too bad the sky was not blue but one can’t always have it all ๐Ÿ™‚
    I use PS 5 and merging option works very well. I don’t like Creative Cloud, somehow I don’t believe in safety of clouds. Maybe I’m just paranoid ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Darko June 24, 2016 at 3:57 am #

      One more question: do you use polarizer in your panoramic photographs? I am thinking of buying one before we leave to Rockies.

    • Words June 24, 2016 at 10:38 pm #

      Darko, I share your nervousness about the cloud. I’m not storing anything up there. I also hate the subscription model for software, but as I don’t actually have to pay I thought I’d give it a go!

      I do have a polarizer but almost never use it because I rarely set out to take landscapes. It might help with glare in the Rockies though. The other possible option would be to set the camera to use the bracket setting to take a series of shots and then blend them in photoshop. But I’m no landscaper…

  2. derwandersmann June 24, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

    Very nice stitching job, Paul!

    • Words June 24, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

      Thanks dW. i can take almost no credit for it. Discovered tonight that Lightroom does the same trick!