Old 08-20-2006, 05:03 PM   #1
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Question Panoramic photos?

What's the staffs view on panoramic photos being submitted. Obviously quality is a concern, but with todays software making a good stitched image is pretty easy.
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Old 08-20-2006, 05:12 PM   #2
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Acceptible or not, that's a neat shot, Dave!
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Old 08-20-2006, 05:20 PM   #3
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I think if you used a medium format camera or true panoramic camera, it would still have to fit into the size parameters. "Stitched" shots likely would fall under the "digitally manipulated" category.

Ditto Ween. Very cool, you don't see meets this way in photos!!
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Old 08-20-2006, 05:29 PM   #4
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I'm not sure about the manipulation part though. The only thing that has been done is the splicing of photos. All three of the photos used in this shot were taken within 2-3 seconds. Thanks though.
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Old 08-21-2006, 12:48 AM   #5
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The only problem I could see would be the size limitations at the moment. It's certainly an idea to think about.

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Old 08-21-2006, 02:04 AM   #6
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I'm not sure if the splicing would be an issue. You're not digitally doing something you couldn't do with out the right camera, anymore then when I take a large picture and crop it down to a quarter its size to make up for only having a 55mm focal length on my lens. The photos themselves havan't been altered, they're just now one photo instead of several.

That all said, I'm guessing it would take totally reconfiguering the size restrictions to make it possible to upload an image like that.

A great shot never the less
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Cool Why not

We already generally scroll through the veriticals at 1000 pixels, so why not scroll horizontally. However, I think the subject matter and compostion is important. While the panoramic shot you posted is nice, it is basically too much panorama and too little train for my taste. However, I can think of a bunch of situations where the panoramic approach, stitched or shot with a panoramic camera, cold produce some very nice images. I guess another challenge might be how do you amend the current rules to allow panoramic shots without opening pandora's box to simply huge images.
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IMHO, panoramic shots are awesome. I know I saw one stitch somewhere on the site, but is was a cab shot. I'll see if I can find it.
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That is a really cool shot (s). However, check out the engines towards the bottom in the middle to the right. Something's wrong with them.

Man does Minnesota look flat now.
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Interesting shot. I'm not a huge fan of most of the panaramic shots I have seen (not just trains). they tend not to have any focal point and are often too much to take in. Now granted this dose not always hold true.

As for the digital manipulation... eh i ono. people will often use software to correct lens distortion so that the stiched immages look good when they go together. I geuss this would go under digital manipulation, it is something that you really cant do with out a computer.

As for horizontal scrollin... I hate it. Period. Its my biggest gripe with panaramic shots on the web.

As of now I dont really want to see panaramics on RP.net. I havent seen anything i like enough to convince me otherwise. Maybe that will change in the future. But as was mentioned before you now have a whole nother size standard, and in the words of my calc prof "that opens up a whole nother kettle of fish"

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As for horizontal scrollin... I hate it. Period. Its my biggest gripe with panaramic shots on the web.

I agree. Even this thread is painful the read! Having to scroll to finish the rest of the sentance.
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Rough audience. Thanks to those who had kind replies. I didn't realize either that one engine was missing altogether on the baretable train, it'll make me think harder next time about where I select my splits.
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Old 08-22-2006, 09:30 PM   #14
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hey socalrailfan, nothing against your photo in perticular. Its just how i feel about most panaramics. I'm just not a fan.
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Old 08-24-2006, 12:18 PM   #15
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For those who like Panorama's head on over to this thread in the forums at Dpreview Dial-up users are advised to take a cut lunch and a can of coke (Lots of large Pictures)

Even if you don't like Panorama's it's worth looking at the images for idea's.

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Rough audience. Thanks to those who had kind replies.

I wasn't saying anything negative about the photo. Just that there was an issue with the engines on the baretable. I wish we had the elevation/terrain you guys do. Aside from the eastern bluffs, Minnesota is horribly flat.
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