Why Get High? Kittiwake Pano Choice. How to Create Stitched Panos Easily in Photoshop « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Why Get High? Kittiwake Pano Choice. How to Create Stitched Panos Easily in Photoshop

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On Friday we made our third trip in four days to the seabird colony at Hornoya. We had the east wind that we had hoped for and this time we had the clouds that we needed. Photography was great; images and the full story to follow.

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Image #1: the kittiwake nesting wall at Ekkeroy, Norway

The Situation

We passed this set of nests on the way to photograph at the spot where Anita and Amy had done well with some chicks in the nest on their previous visit. But for me, there were simply way too many nests way too close together. After we gave up and headed back to the van, I considered the scene above and noted that the bird at the nest marked by the white downward-pointing arrow had a small chick. And it looked as if I would be able to isolate it at 600mm. I wanted to get as high as possible while not putting myself in any danger. I chose to set up my tripod at the spot marked with the white X. Why did I climb the dirt mound to get as high as was safely possible?

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This stitched pano was created on June 13, 2018 at Ekkeroy, Norway. I used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens and the Nikon D850. ISO 800. Matrix metering +2/3 stop as originally framed: 1/400 sec. at f/7.1. (Should have been +1.) NATURAL AUTO WB at 6:02pm on a cloudy afternoon.

Two down and two to the left Single Point/Continuous (AI Servo in Canon)/Shutter button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was just below and just forward of but right on the same plane as the chick’s eye.

Focus peaking AF Fine-tune: +5. See the Nikon AF Fine-tune e-Guide here.

Image #2: Black-legged Kittiwake at nest with chick, stitched pano

Click on the image to enlarge and enjoy a larger version.

The Editing/Picking my Keepers

I kept 9 images from the sequence of about 30. That included a few frames of the chick getting fed. But I liked the more intimate mood of Images #1 and #2.

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This stitched pano was also created on June 13, 2018 at Ekkeroy, Norway. I used the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens and the Nikon D850. ISO 800. Matrix metering +2/3 stop as originally framed: 1/400 sec. at f/7.1. (Should have been +1.) NATURAL AUTO WB at 6:02pm on a cloudy afternoon.

Two down and two to the left Single Point/Continuous (AI Servo in Canon)/Shutter button AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was just below and just forward of but right on the same plane as the chick’s eye.

Focus peaking AF Fine-tune: +5. See the Nikon AF Fine-tune e-Guide here.

Image #3: Black-legged Kittiwake at nest with chick, stitched pano

Click on the image to enlarge and enjoy a larger version.

Your Preference?

Which of the two images above do you feel is the stronger one? Please — as always — let us know why you made your choice. And please remember that the more folks who comment the more everyone learns including me.

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the original image capture for Image #2…

Why a Pano?

Above is the original image capture for Image #2. Image #3 was similarly framed. So why did I decide to create a stitched pano for each? The adult bird was a bit too centered with a bit too much room in the frame behind the bird. Worst of all, I saw in several other images in the sequence that I should have included more of the gnarly red rock that is just peeking into the frame on the upper left. Using one of those other images as my source material, I knew that creating a stitched pano would be a breeze.

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the source material from a previous frame in the series: _MAI5176.

The Source Material

The source material for both images came from a third image. Image _MAI5176 had been framed with a lot less room behind the end of the tail and a lot more room in front of the bird. And best of all, it included a lot more of the gnarly red rock. Note that rather than stitching both of the full frame originals that I cropped the source material so as to include only what I needed to add plus a bit of extra so that Photoshop could execute a prefect match. In cases like this, if you try to merge the two full frame images Photoshop might become confused and try to do the stitch using one part of the bird from one frame and the other end of the bird from the second frame. This is not at all what you want. Once the TIFFs were place in a separate folder, I hit File > Automate > Photomerge…, browsed to the pano folder I had created, chose Auto, and hit OK.

It’s that simple. Note that on occasion I <em>intentionally create source material in the field being sure to be in Manual mode and being sure to lock focus before creating my source material.

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11 comments to Why Get High? Kittiwake Pano Choice. How to Create Stitched Panos Easily in Photoshop

  • Hey Arthur, You climbed the dirt mound to lessen the angle so you were not shooting up at the birds or not as up if that makes sense. If i understand right you only used two images to create the pano? Both nice images can’t decide which one i like more.

  • avatar Kerry Morris

    Hi Artie,
    Ditto what Warren said – i’m now getting your blog emails after 1+years of being absent!

    Image #1 is the nesting wall. Image #2 – the stitched pano- is my favorite. Class Arthur Morris showing an amazing moment of intimacy between adult and chick. I love it!!

  • avatar Denny Pritchett

    I like #1 which seems to portray a bit more intensity in their interaction. Both are definitely useable. Arthur, I once told you I had taken many shots of Mountain Bluebirds, and you said; “Denny, you only need one.” I recognise the tongue in cheek reply, but these photos illustrate exactly why I take as many as I can get, without disturbing the subjects, of course. Cheers, hope you are well.

  • avatar James Saxon

    Image #1 is my favorite due to the way the chick is looking at the Mother. That look creates the bond between off-spring and Mother.

  • avatar Warren Robb

    I concur with Elinor and Adam, image #1 better conveys the special relationship between parent and chick. Since today is father’s day in the US, I’m especially reminded of that bond.

    FYI, as of June 15th your blog posts began appearing in my att.net email account again after being absent for about a year.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Warren. The same thing has happened with me … Who knows.

      with love, artie

  • avatar Adam

    I prefer image one primarily due to the mother’s position; she appears to be reaching in as opposed to the second shot where the motion appears paused or withdrawing. With respect to tripod/camera position I suspect that you were trying to minimize shooting up and the awkward perspective that can create.

  • avatar Elinor Osborn

    What a difference the gnarly rock makes to have it in the photo. It gives more interest and adds to the diagonal line of the bird. Also like the composition better with the bird back a little further in the frame. That extra thinking makes a big change. Thanks much for this tip.

    • avatar Elinor Osborn

      Forgot to say I prefer image 3 because the adult’s eye (the one most seen) is lighted. Where in 2 it is in shadow. But I do like the chick reaching up to the adult in 2.

  • A real lesson in isolation. Would guess getting higher would show more of the chick.