"The Panorama" (v2.x) - Page 1


As a resident of Cambridge I’m able to enjoy what many people agree to be the best view in England - King’s College Chapel and "The Backs" of the colleges as seen from across the river Cam. Thousands of tourists arrive to click away at this scene every week of the year and all the resulting snaps, while doubtless capturing much of the beauty of the architecture of the various college buildings, completely fail to relate them to the landscape in which they stand. I want to widen the perspective somewhat and the "panorama" is the perfect format to do this.

Of course you can make a panorama from any scene, interior or exterior, and with any photographic equipment in any medium. Indeed there are many techniques and specialist equipment which could be considered. We will use a combination of camera settings (on location) and digital image compositing (back at base).

"Even using the PANORAMA setting I could only frame about 20% of the view"

I was fortunate enough to be loaned an Epson PC600 digital camera for the day and although this offers a panorama preset (up to 1024 x 384 pixels) I still could only frame about 20% of the view. So, once I had installed myself in position, I proceeded to take a series of shots, bracketing the college,

starting from my left and "panning" to my right always taking care to ensure the horizon remained level and at (approximately) the same height in each successive frame. Then it was back to base to download the images to PC for archiving and compositing.

"5 images taken from left to right"

The normal problems associated with digitally compositing the resulting images are, more often than not, those associated with speed and performance. Photoshop can be awfully ungainly with, say, 10 layers where each contains one 1024 x 384 bitmap - so Satori’s object-based resolution independence will prove vital in enabling us to work without those frustrating delays.

Open Satori and, from the FILE menu, click OPEN and select the first image. This will launch the LOAD BITMAP AS dialogue (we will accept all default settings) and we click OK to open a canvas file with one layer containing the first image at 1024 x 384 pixels.