Donner Pass Panorama

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Michael Gordon on August 23, 2008

Panoramic view east from Donner Summit on the old Donner Pass road. This is a multi-shot photo, Nikon D200, stitched with Hugin. The road and tunnels on the right are an abandoned railroad line (replaced with a newer 10,000 foot or 3000 meter tunnel to the south), and on the left is Highway 40 very popular with travelers taking the "road less traveled".

not1word on October 19, 2008

That's a great shot of a great view!

T NL on December 5, 2008

Excellent panorama Michael! I've just started using Hugin but I still have to get the hang of it; the first results were quite promising though. :) This photo definitely shows it's a capable program.

Cheers, Tomas

Michael Gordon on December 5, 2008

Some valuable tips for panorama stitching with Hugin or any similar program -- set your camera on manual exposure and color balance; no change between shots. Allow plenty of overlap. Manual control point setting is sometimes useful especially to make sure that nothing moving is being used as a control point. Finally, review the result carefully for people, automobiles that were moving and cut in half. The cure is to preserve the intermediate TIFF files and use them to "clone" the man, ship or automobile that moved during the making of the panorama. The manual or automatic vignette control can be important for some lenses. Prime lenses work best, simple zooms work well enough, but ultra-zooms (such as Nikon 18-200) have very complex curvature that do not succeed perfectly in stitching together.

ir0ck on February 28, 2010

Great Pano Michael ! Being a Yosemite man most of my life I've never explored my own back yard. I really appreciate the writeup, history and tips too Kudos ! I've been looking for a good pano stitcher for a while now, Panorama factory and Gimp with pandora plugin (GPL free:) They both work good but pano factory does no gradient correction, it stitches great even when the camera is 'tipped' from not using a tripod. Gimp gives me great manual control and color correction. I'm going to give Hugin a try. God Bless from California

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Photo taken in Tahoe National Forest, 631 Coyote Street, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA

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  • Uploaded on August 23, 2008
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    by Michael Gordon