At last a sunny afternoon! Well, I didn’t have time to see the sun itself, but a sunny afternoon also meant a nice, scenic sunset. I hasted to Helsinki Torni Ateljee Bar terrace and took my camera.
I started with taking a horizontal picture towards the point that would be the center of my panoramic image. I wanted to keep the darkness, so I underexposed –2 2/3 EV and the camera meter counted 1/200sec and f/3.5 at ISO1600. Because the lens didn’t have VR, I wanted to have a fast shutter speed and decided to settle on a big aperture even though it might mean some blurriness.
After that I set the camera in manual mode, so that every frame would use those same settings, and the lightness wouldn’t change between them. Then I took eight vertical photos, overlapping some 1/3 of each other.
The merge was done by opening Photoshop CS6, selecting File > Automate > Photomerge, and choosing these frames (see Adobe’s help page). Notice the tilt towards right – a tripod would’ve been useful.
I could have left it this way, but I wanted to apply traditional panorama format and cropped the image. Finally I added some part of sky to the upper left hand corner, and some part of the roof to the lower right hand corner. A tad of tone correction and sharpening. Done.
Or almost. After this I found myself annoyed with the curved horizon, and decided to do the merging again, this time with cylindrical mapping. Then, still some further editing and, long story short, the uppermost version.