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Photographer Michael Kanemoto  Michael Kanemoto {Karma:22115}
Project #33 Pictures of Famous Places Camera Model Nikon D70
Categories Cityscape
Landscape
Architecture
Film Format Digital RAW
Portfolio Kansas City - Union Station
Kansas City
Pano-Rama
Lens Nikon  18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED AF-S DX
Uploaded 1/18/2006 Film / Memory Type 2.0 GB Hitachi Microdrive
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Views 1939 Shutter
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Critiques 41 Rating
6.39
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Location City -  Kansas City
State -  KANSAS
Country - United States   United States
About Second try. Trying out the full scale of the Panoramic function on Usefilm.

This image has a long usefilm history - it was first posted as a series of 4 shots that UFers voted on in Nov of 2004. I have since started to posted seperate seasons.

The image is reduced from around 6000 pixels wide.

October 2004: I set up shop at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City at 5:51 PM. From 6:03 to 6:09 PM the storm clouds in the west opened up and let the sun shine down on Kansas City. I stayed until dusk at 6:30, but the magic moment had passed.

This composite is spliced together using panoramic software, and then brought into Photoshop where I brought out the brightness and contrast for the sky and buildings in seperate masked areas. Unlike some of my other photographs, the saturation on these were not enhanced.

I'll post the winter scene today.
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There are 41 Comments in 1 Pages
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Shiv Kumar Surya Shiv Kumar Surya   {K:17362} 12/13/2009
Wonderful panormic view. Excellent composition and colour contrast.
Congrats.

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Dave Arnold Dave Arnold   {K:55680} 4/16/2006
This is an excellent city shot, a perfect example of the benefit of panoramic shooting.

Best wishes,
Dave

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Michael Kanemoto Michael Kanemoto   {K:22115} 2/28/2006
Thanks alberto -

A lot of people have really liked this shot, and I followed it up with a nice winter scene that makes for a nice pair. This was a definitive moment as it was a lucky shot that made me want to try to post really great work on usefilm. Thanks.

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Joe Ciccone Joe Ciccone   {K:3684} 2/28/2006
great job..beautiful city view...well done...cheers

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alberto baez duarte alberto baez duarte   {K:8175} 2/28/2006
Excellent view...colors and lights are incredible and the effect of the clouds and shadow....congrats...
alberto.

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Omar Amroussy Omar Amroussy   {K:4502} 2/11/2006
amazing in every aspect 7++

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Zara Hajaig   {K:1143} 2/4/2006
great work!

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kike Calvo kike Calvo   {K:11291} 2/2/2006
Un paisaje urbano magistral. Un trabajo fantástico y un tratamiento de luces espectacular.
Merecidísimo premio.
Un saludo
kike

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Michael Kanemoto Michael Kanemoto   {K:22115} 1/26/2006
Roger:

This one's for you.
http://www.usefilm.com/image/1037216.html

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Michael Kanemoto Michael Kanemoto   {K:22115} 1/25/2006
Roger:

It will be difficult to crush a large pano into that small a space, but I think I have the perfect stitch... The entire Grand Teton range. 12 landscape shots and wide, wide, wide. Thanks.

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Roger Williams Roger Williams   {K:86139} 1/25/2006
Change 360k to 400k, and yes, you're right. I was viewing one yesterday that was 2,400 pixels wide and (if I remember right) about 600 deep.

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Yahya El Hosafy Yahya El Hosafy   {K:8369} 1/25/2006
very nice try, amazingly beautifull just as the previous ones.
well done and congrats for the prize.

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Ina Nicolae Ina Nicolae   {K:44481} 1/25/2006
Excellent panoramic and superb sky! Great clarity and color balance, and I love the semi-transparent flag - it couldn't get any better than this. Congratulations for the SC award, well deserved! Ina

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Michael Kanemoto Michael Kanemoto   {K:22115} 1/25/2006
Moe:

Repost of an earlier comment. This shot was merged using the Canon software but I use Autostitch now.

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Google on "Autostitch", it is a free program and is small. It just needs some RAM to go and runs on a PC. You open the preferences, set to 100% scale, 100 JPEG quality, and then open the files. It uses pattern recognition to match the shots, stretch, and blend. I've tried some other programs as well.

Arcsoft Panorama Maker is the next best in my experience. You are constrained by choosing one shot side to side, vertical, or matrix (4x4). You have to manually adjust the matching points. Does a great job.

Canon's Photostitch is neat - you enter in the mm of the lens (for digital users you have to convert to 35mm equivalent) and it merges and blends. Moderate results because if you do not line up the image plane you are in trouble.

Adobe Elements has Photomerge. Close to the Canon technology, but I just can't get this sucker to work for me. Probably user error.

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To take a great stitch:

- Shoot digital. It's about matching pixels, and digital will get you the most consistent results (sharpness, tones, etc.)

- Use a tripod if you can. You want to match up on the nodal point (where the light flip flops internally in the lens) to get a perfect perspective match as you rotate. However, I find it easier just to use a normal tripod head and move across the image plane (your sensor in your camera or film) along the same fulcrum. This means if you have a mounting point in line with that senor or film the tripod will force you to swivel right down the middle if you shoot in landscape mode. The "flatter" your photo from perspective the less this will matter.

- Remember that wider is not better. No tripod? It's OK. Perspective is a problem with shooting stitches, the more shifting of near ground elements due to a wide angle means you will have to overlap more. The "flatter" your images, the more two dimensional they are, the less "stretching" the software will have to do, or you will have to do using something like PT lens later on, to flatten the image for merging. When I shoot, I at most go to 28 mm at the widest, and in those cases I will do at least 50% overlap. At 70 mm and beyond, 1/4 overlap is the way to go.

- Use a grid system. My viewfinder projects a grid with lines on the quarter and one half as vertical lines and horizontal lines. I look at the cross-hatches where the lines intersect. For example, if I see that there is a tree at the intersection in the middle of my viewfinder, I remember that tree and then put it at the 1/4 intersection when I move the camera over. This makes sure that the perspective is forced to consistency as you turn the camera and everything will join smoothly. If you do not have grid lines you can use your autofoucs "dots" or eyeball it.

- Force everything manual. I look like an idiot by moving my camera around the whole scene, metering F-Stop and Exposure across the scene, and then choose the average and force the same: F-Stop, Exposure, White Balance, sharpening, etc across all the photos. This also means you have a lot less latitude to getting a really nice shot - in bright days the deep shadows and bright sky vary across the landscape. Sorry. Like most photos, the first and last hours of daylight are best. I do allow the autofocus to work, but with landscapes remember to use hyperfocal distance. Google "hyperfocal" if that just whizzed on by you. It just means using F-stop with where you focus to make sure everything winds up in focus. High depth of field (DOF).

- Lose the filters. Grad filters and polarizers will change the image as you move. IR, UV, ND, and other filters that are consistent are OK.

- Lastly, when you shoot leave room for cropping. Stitching programs love to stretch images, and you may find little blank spaces and gaps. The only way is to give a little buffer to your subjects and crop down later on. This is counter to the normal mode of cropping to the image you want in camera.

Have fun. You never know what will pop out until you are done stitching. I've noticed stitches of 20 images and discover that one of them was out of focus messing up the whole thing. Others that I thought would be boring wind up being absolutely great.

Another benefit is that if the image does not look a panorama, the end result is that you can get 18 - 24 megapixel images from a 6 megapixel camera. This means that you can get away with a wonderful 20" x 30" 150 dpi print for your wall.

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Hakan AKIRMAK Hakan AKIRMAK   {K:15913} 1/25/2006
Great shot! Congratulations Michael!

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Moe Rabie Moe Rabie   {K:4390} 1/25/2006
wonderful view, could you tell me what panoramic software do you use??
my regards

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Michael Kanemoto Michael Kanemoto   {K:22115} 1/25/2006
Roger:

Let me confirm this. If I could compress a 3000 x 500 panoramic (narrow and large) down to 360K I could post it and the whole thing would appear in the Panoramic viewer?

(gasp!)

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Joel Calheiros Joel Calheiros   {K:229} 1/25/2006
wonderful image

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Jeanette Hägglund Jeanette Hägglund   {K:59855} 1/25/2006
What a beautiful view, with the clouds looking so dramatic, magic light and good way of showing the city - the city view. The best i guess with this light. Well deserving sc award too! Congrats!
:)

Jeanette

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Joggie van Staden Joggie van Staden   {K:41700} 1/25/2006
Excellent image with marvelous light and composition. COngrats on the SC! Great work.
Joggie

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Gayle's Eclectic Photos Gayle's Eclectic Photos   {K:91109} 1/25/2006
hi, congrats for SC award!...a pleasure to view both pano and as is here...you did a fantastic post edit job with the contrast level...the light is wonderful and i like the detail everywhere
regards,gayle 7+

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Roger Williams Roger Williams   {K:86139} 1/25/2006
I was hoping you would get around to reposting this memorable shot in full panorama mode. It's a little known fact that apart from the aspect ratio limit (at least 2:1), panorama images can be any number of pixels you can compress to under the 400k filesize limit. So you could make these even bigger... The effective limit is now the size at which you begin to see JPEG compression artifacts!

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Lori Stitt   {K:75282} 1/25/2006
I knew I'd seen this one before.
I like this scene very much,
this image has great colors, awesome sky
and a beautiful time of day.

Good job,
Lori :)

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Ann Nida Ann Nida   {K:45248} 1/25/2006
Congratulations for the award Michael. This is razor sharp. Amazing clarity and the details are superb. The glow from the sun is spectacular. Beautifully topped with a great sky. A brilliant image in every sense of the word.

Cheers - Ann :)

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Bart Aldrich   {K:123} 1/20/2006
Congrats! This is beautiful.

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brian underdown brian underdown   {K:-960} 1/20/2006
remarkable colour and focus quality what a view you have allowed us to see.

brian

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p e t a . p e t a .   {K:18700} 1/18/2006
Beautiful Michael - wow. Congrats on SC, so so well deserved! I think I see Toto in those clouds, hehehee!

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Tom Gessner Tom Gessner   {K:2030} 1/18/2006
this is an absolutely perfect shot - I like it very much - very well done this composition

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Jason Mckeown Jason Mckeown   {K:22200} 1/18/2006
fantastic shot, the colours are great congrats on the award and cant wait to see the winter shot

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Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 1/18/2006
wooow Michael..
the panorama city is wonderful also the lucky for the sky very dramatic! is very good the details and the particular light!
congrats for the Staff Choice very well deserved it!
all my best wishes..
roby
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Eric Hazard   {K:590} 1/18/2006
I had to click on this one. Very well done.

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 1/18/2006
Just kidding, Michael. I know they belong together, and I AM looking forward to the winter scene...:)

Cheers,

Hugo

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Piero Somma Piero Somma   {K:13400} 1/18/2006
without words!.....
great michael
ciao

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Michael Kanemoto Michael Kanemoto   {K:22115} 1/18/2006
Hugo:

I am always honored by any award given to my work. It means a lot. But these two are a pair, and this one seems so lonely in my portfolio without the winter scene as balance...

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Cristina D Cristina D   {K:8080} 1/18/2006
Beautiful panorama, u used the light the best way possible.
Excellent capture!

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 1/18/2006
don't push it... heheheheheh.. Isn't one SC per day not enough?

Cheers,

Hugo

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Michael Kanemoto Michael Kanemoto   {K:22115} 1/18/2006
Hugo:

Winter scene will be posted when the clock allows.

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Rashed Abdulla Rashed Abdulla   {K:163889} 1/18/2006
wonderful image ,very great depth of field and with great composition and details , all of the best my friend .

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Ninni Termine Ninni Termine   {K:8990} 1/18/2006
Perfect this panorama, the light is very warm and the result superb.

Congrats.

ciao
Ninni

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1301307 60 1301307 60   {K:44058} 1/18/2006
beautiful view, the low warm lighting against the dark clouds. nice photo. congrats!

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Hugo de Wolf Hugo de Wolf   {K:185110} 1/18/2006
Ha! Now here's one I've been expecting...:) So nice to see it at a larger scale again...:)

Cheers,

Hugo

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