Monthly #81 - A Panoramic Image Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 31/03/2019
Judge: JAK

This competition is to produce a panoramic photograph, be it with a wide angle lens and cropping it or combining several images taken at a more modest focal length.
If you're not sure what it is or how to go about it there is a pretty good overview on Wikipedia here. There's also a beginner's guide here.

There's no restriction on subject matter but I'd expect the image width to height ratio to be at least 2 to 1 (if it's less than that is isn't really accepted to be a panoramic photo.) Typical panoramas show landscapes and cityscapes but entries certainly don't need to be limited to those subjects.

There are a number of software packages that have a facility for joining several images together including Photoshop / Photoshop Elements, Irfanview and Microsoft's Image Composite Editor (ICE).

If you're not comfortable using software to manipulate photos an alternative is to use a wide angle lens and simply crop the image top and bottom. Getting used to the panoramic technique though is useful if the lens on your camera isn't wide enough to cover a scene so taking several shots and combining them can avoid the need for carrying an extra lens if indeed that is an option.

It would be interesting to read in the description how the image was produced but I won't hold it against anyone if they don't do this! If you wish to discuss the process with anyone please use the dedicated thread in the main forum here to do this rather than this competition page.

Just to point out that the panorama has to be shot on a Pentax or related camera this month, March 2019 (not before) and uploaded by midnight Sunday 31st March BST (the clocks will have gone forward that morning.) The award for the winner will be to set up and judge next month's competition.
Good shooting and I look forward to viewing your entries.
Competition Entries


Link Posted 17/03/2019 - 20:28
I should have added that I cropped the lower half of the stitched image using Microsoft Paint in order to achieve the 2 by 1 requirement. Cropping in Lightroom would have resulted in the software trying to maintain the perspective but destroying the desired dimensions.
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