Handheld Panorama

Ocean City Sunrise – f/5.6, 36mm, ISO 200, 1/125 sec, no filter, handheld – 6 X 18 – 31 Mega Pixels – click for large

I was working 15 hours straight last night in a roof cell site in New Jersey. It was one of my worst days at work. Anyway, at around 6AM this morning I witnessed a beautiful sunrise in Ocean City. I needed to grab my camera to capture the soothing sunrise. Sunrises are beautiful, they are a start of a new day. But with so many tools and equipment I had to bring to the roof I did not bother getting the tripod in my truck.

Handheld panorama is tricky you have to consider camera shake. My perfect situation would be with a tripod and a shutter release cord. Long exposure is a big no no when hand holding your camera. I had to play with exposure and metering. I set the aperture to f/5.6 that is a stop higher than the usual that I use. Next I set the ISO to 200 and metered. At 1/80th of a second the highlights were blown, at 1/325th the shadows were too dark, I finally settled in the middle at 1/125th of a second. 1/125 sec is not too bad when hand holding. I took 8 vertical shots with a steady hand panning from left to right. When I got home I had to sleep for 4 hours and make my reports. I then finally got all my shots stitched in Photoshop.

These were the test shots:
@ 1/80 sec
@ 1/325 sec
@ 1/125 sec

Here is the 6 X 24 cropped version with the ferries wheel to the right.
Ocean City Sunrise – f/5.6, 36mm, ISO 200, 1/125 sec, no filter, handheld – 6 X 24 – 32 Mega Pixels – click for large

My point really is for you to play with your camera settings and to understand the exposure triangle. It is all about the light.

I hope you like it.

Abe

PS. The buildings from afar is Atlantic City to those who are not familiar.

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21 thoughts on “Handheld Panorama

  1. You’re probably sick of hearing this from me, but I really enjoy your panoramic work… I’m sure I’ll do one soon and I’ll credit you for bringing that joy of panoramas back to me 🙂

  2. The majority of my panoramas are hand-held . . . The only ones I use a tripod on are the ones that go beyond the rotation I can muster from a given stance (something around 240degrees or so).

    Then again, I don’t shoot much at night, and not as difficult lighting situations as you do.

    Anyway, nice shot.

  3. Hello sir, i only would like to ask how did you do a panoramic with a little bit photo plannet (the little curve in the horizon), its been a year i do a research but i didnt get my aswer, Hope you answer me on my email.
    Thank You!

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