This panning video clip, showing most of the seafront at Llandudno Bay on the North Wales coast, is actually just one image.
Standing on the end of the pier, looking back towards the town, I wanted to take a photo that showed off the whole of the bay, right from the Little Orme to the edge of the pier itself.
I realised that the only way I could achieve what I wanted was to take a series of overlapping photos and then blend them together to form a single panoramic image.
I knew that correct technique would play an important part in the sucess or failure of this venture, so I used a carefully leveled tripod and camera to give the Photoshop stitching function the best possible chance of blending the images while keeping the horizon straight and, guess what, it worked!
My next problem was the fact that I'd used 13 separate images to create the panorama, and the resulting stitch was so long and thin that I couldn't actually see any of the detail when I viewed it in its entirety on-screen.
Hence this video. I loaded the single very long image into Premiere Pro and used the panning function to sweep along the bay from one end to the other, so that all the detail I'd recorded could be seen, just not all at once!
To add a bit of extra interest I included a soundtrack of waves and seagulls, just to provide a bit of seaside ambiance.
Filename - llandudno panorama 03.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 5D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @105mm
Exposure - 1/50sec @f16, ISO100
Location - LLandudno, North Wales
This clip - HD 720p
Clip duration - 192 seconds at 25 frames per second.
Number of individual frames - 13
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