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SR71 Blackbird
SR71 Blackbird

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Challenge: Panoramas Up Close (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Location: Huntsville, AL. Space & Rocket Center
Date: Jan 17, 2016
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2016

Focal Length: 9mm * 2.7 crop factor

This photo was stitched from six photos. And my camera was sideways in a portrait position as I slowly rotated it on the tripod.

I captured these images at the space and rocket center in my town (Huntsville, AL). It's actually the largest space museum in the world. It was hard to get a good panorama of this bird. There were lots of tourists, lots of clutter, and lots of other distractions all around it. But I found shot that hid most of the distractions and also blocked allot of the sun's rays.

This is my first day playing around with close up panoramas. I really like the effect this has. I think we should do more of these. My only problem is that for some reason, my version of Elements (13) won't allow me to do anymore. I didn't think that there was a limit??? Weird!

Place: 29 out of 34
Avg (all users): 4.8857
Avg (commenters): 5.3333
Avg (participants): 4.7143
Avg (non-participants): 4.9592
Views since voting: 268
Views during voting: 179
Votes: 70
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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02/02/2016 11:49:05 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

You found a strong subject and you definitely captured the close up part of the challenge imho. You also met the panorama part of the challenge by stiching images together, but I suspect many voters were expecting to see long skinny images rather than wide in all directions. (I do not see anything in the technical 'definition' of panorama that calls for only long view, in fact it almost seems to describe the opposite of that - wide view in all directions. But I can't help but think some of the voters only wanted to see a certain aspect for these images.)

Exposure is interesting, you captured bright highlights and dark shadow areas. I happen to like those bright areas, although it does seem like maybe the highlights went a bit too far around the Alabama flag. I am unable to discern the borders to that flag. Your stitching looks great to me, I am unable to see any problem spots with the stitching. I do seem some odd texture in the sky above and to the right of the top wing. It almost looks like sound waves.

The overall scene is probably the other weakness to this image when compared to others in this challenge. Even though you managed to minimize people, the building, fence, trees, etc. all compete with your subject to some extent for me. The fence particularly I found distracting, it's just not very pretty or interesting. I would have been curious how this image might have done have some extreme cropping been done after stitching making the bottom of the plane the bottom of the image then cropping the very top of the top wing off. You captured the whole the plane wonderfully, but my favorite part of your image is that center round engine. There is some gorgeous texture in it, and I love that red.

I didn't vote in the challenge, but I would have given this a 5. I think it met the challenge, but the overall busyness in the scene kept it from being a top pick from me.

Thanks for the entry. (I always love a good plane shot, and that motor, I am seriously infatuated with that motor.)

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01/25/2016 02:01:48 PM
Thank you all for the comments! The comments really mean more to me than the votes. I've gained allot of knowledge from reading these comments!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2016 08:29:48 PM
Nice shot of a great aircraft, but I'm not sure I can consider this either a panorama or a close up.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/23/2016 08:39:32 PM
Interesting and expansive
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01/21/2016 01:47:32 PM
Be careful -- you're getting the same problem that I've been having a lot. When you put a circular gradient on, it's leaving circular lines all over your background...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/19/2016 08:01:30 PM
I can see a few places where the stitching is a bit off, and I think the sun has caused parts of the photo to be under exposed, I am okay with the composition and focus.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/18/2016 02:50:41 PM
Nice, one of the few I've seen (so far) that in any way meets the spirit of the challenge.

- Need to get control of those highlights! (e.g., around the Alabama flag).
- May also have "clipped" your black in the jet engine exhaust.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/18/2016 02:33:06 PM
Seems more like it was shot with a super wide lens instead of being a panoramic.
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