Tilt Shift Adventures – Part 2

This is a shorter post than I intended as I managed to delete the majority of the photos I took this weekend when transferring them from my laptop to my computer. If Lightroom evers fails to copy files across when importing from another catalog don’t delete the files that failed to copy from your target catalog it seems to trash the ones in the original catalog. Anyway I think that is what happened.

Clyde panorama

This is the only image I had left that wasn’t ready to go straight in the bin. Fortunately it is the main image I wanted to keep. This is a panorama taken from Kilcreggan beach looking across to Gouroch and Dunoon. The difference between this and a standard panorama is instead of rotating the camera on my tripod I moved the lens left and right using the shift action of my tilt shift lens. Doing this allows you to create panoramas without actually moving the camera. This has the advantage of if you are taking panoramas with foreground elements as you aren’t rotating the camera these elements are less likely to get warped. Also the images are easier to stitch together in Photoshop as they don’t require perspective correction or lens distortion correction.

While taking this image I also tilted the lens slightly forward to ensure both the foreground and the shore in the distance were kept in focus. When I first got this lens I found I was over tilting the lens and struggled to keep everything in focus. Luckily I found this rather useful article http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/focusing-ts.shtml on Luminous Landscape which gave us an indication of how much tilt is required to set the focal plane correctly. The important bit is at the bottom of the article where there are tables indicating how much you should tilt the lens based on distance from the focal plane. I was quite surprised at how little I had to tilt the lens if the camera was at eye level before the ground plane was all in focus: less than 1 degree.

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