Sometimes you want to get closer / zoom in with your lens to show as much detail as possible but if you do, you can’t fit everything in your frame. When I’m in that situation I try to expand the frame by making a stitched panorama. It’s a common approach for landscape images – but it can also work for wildlife and I don’t see that mentioned very often elsewhere. Here’s a recent example I assembled from two photos:
And here’s one more made from three photos:
I’ve written about this before, so I won’t repeat myself. If you’re interested in my approach, see these two posts:
- A Panorama Workflow Example: https://edrosack.com/2013/08/04/a-panorama-workflow-example/
- Reprocessing a Mt. Evans Elk Herd panorama: https://edrosack.com/2019/07/13/reprocessing-a-mt-evans-elk-herd-panorama/
And there’s much more info on the web waiting for your DuckDuckGo or Google search.
There is an added complication to watch out for when stitching wildlife panoramas: the animals may move between frames. For that reason, I shoot as quickly as possible. I try stitching the frames together automatically and look for any anomalies along seams. If I find some, then I assemble the panorama manually in photoshop and mask out the issues.
I enjoy making these and have many more collected in this folder on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrosack/albums/72157637736002816. Take a look to see some possibilities.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Take care of yourselves and each other. And if you can – stitch some panoramas!
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