Probably more interesting for the technique than the image itself. But I’ve been playing with stitching together HDR images for a while because of the incredible detail you can get.
So this image was created by shooting through a hole in the fence where the 2nd Avenue Subway is being built.
It is composed of four HDR horizontal images, stitched together vertically. Each HDR image is composed of 3 shots. So the final shot is composed of 12 individual images.
I’ve found the best way to do this sort of thing is to first test the panorama by using the middle shot of the 3 bracketed sequences to make sure the panorama is going to work. If that is okay – then you go back and do the HDR shots, and save the HDR parameters so that everything is processed the same.
Then open up the four HDR files in Photoshop and use Photomerge.
You’ll need to do some trimming.
Then into NIK Color Effex (in this case) with Pro Contrast filter to fine tune the image and remove casts etc.
Then into NIK Viveza to bring out details in the image, or whatever needs to be done.
You can go on forever with this process. This image isn’t actually worth doing much work with but if the image were worthy I’d probably go back into Photoshop and/or Viveza and keep doing the retouching until each part popped or did what it needed to do.
Final size of the image is roughly 4800 px x 7800 px. Camera Canon EOS T4i.
I shot a lot more this morning and hopefully there will be something worth this sort of effort. You could easily take this and put it into an extrapolation program like ProZoom (which is what I use) and double or triple the size without introducing artifacts. I know because I’ve done it several times.
So here’s the actual image with a detail image of a crushed pack of Parliament.
Other tips: Make sure you use the same f-stop (and let the bracketing be done by shutter speed). That’s the rule unless you want to experiment with combining different focal planes.