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:
A Partial Pod of Pelicans. (Click to see larger on Flickr. Click again to zoom in)
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!
©2021, Ed Rosack. All rights reserved
4 thoughts on “Wildlife Panoramas”
Thank you, Ed, for a reminder about a very useful technique!
Especially during migration, it’s common to encounter a large group of birds, like your pelicans, which leave you with the choice of zooming in for detail or using a wide-angle lens in which the birds might barely be visible.
Photograph them in “chunks”!
Put ’em together in post-processing.
Voila! An “Ed Rosack Wildlife Panorama”!
You’re welcome, Wally. Glad to help.
I saw your website on the sidebar of Wally’s blog. I am enjoying looking at your photos and could sure learn a lot from your photography skills. I hike and take photos in North Central FL and blog about it! I’ll spend some more time here and enjoy your photos! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Lavender Dreams for visiting here and commenting!
I took a look at your blog too – it looks like we have some similar interests. I’ve added a link to there from my page too.