York's eclectic architectural mix at Duncombe Place ( Must be viewed at max size for best effect )

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Every time I visit York I see this scene and have wanted to capture the amazing mix of architectural wonders but the vastness of it all and the endless comings and goings of traffic and pedestrians has always thwarted me. Not one to be beaten though I tried again on a particularly bright day when I could use a very fast shutter speed and voila here is the result after stitching the 84 frames needed. The lens distortion, the massive contrasts and of course the movement were all problems but it seems I have overcome all of those and more with the exception of one small error that I've disguised slightly but can be seen if you are observant, ( Neil G you are excluded from answering since you've seen this happen before in my shots :o) .

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Comments (9)

Andy Rodker on April 4, 2012

Sam, this is brilliant, and the detail, as ever, is pinpoint - even the identical twins, who shop at the same clothes-store but choose different colour trousers and shoes, would be delighted with this! Like. Best wishes, Andy.

David Brown Photogra… on April 5, 2012

Well I set off looking for dupes in all the people milling around and I thought I had him, but he seems to have changed the colour of his trousers from one location to another!

So I must conclude, its perfect!

Brilliant stuff Sam


Yorkshire Sam on April 5, 2012

Cheers Andy & Jethro, I'm thrilled to receive your lovely words of encouragement and glad to see you spotted the twins. I am always reluctant to clone people out of a scene just in case I work some voodoo magic and so changing his shoes and trousers seemed the safer option.I've done him a favour in my opinion since mustard trousers are very 70's !

my best to you both, Sam

David Brown Photogra… on April 5, 2012

Hahaha... Grand.

So, I wus on the Bund in Shanghai, like you do, taking a large panorama when my Chinese friend turns around, mid sequence and holds two fingers up (in the victory position, not the other)

How can you tell em not be so bloody daft - so he was cloned out for his sins and can take all the black magic risks to his shattered DNA and reconstituted organs that come with that if you ask me Sam

No sympathy for them! He stood next to the white shirt sensibly turned away.



Yorkshire Sam on April 5, 2012

Lol, you still left some of his shadow so his presence will still haunt you regardless :o)

stuart murphy on April 8, 2012

A great Panorama Jim. Can I ask... I presume taking 84 frames includes doing Pan's vertically and horizontally? Regards Stuart

Yorkshire Sam on April 8, 2012

Good morning Stuart, where did Jim come from ? :o) .

Cheers for the compliment mate , to answer your question and to show others what is involved I'll upload to my page a small compilation that shows a selection of the frames used.

best wishes, Sam ( not Jim :o) )

Dean Matthews on June 1, 2012

jumped to this from your tutorial pic - i'll be going back - but just have to comment on this

84 frames ?? wow !! I have not got as far as stitching yet - though I did have to do one years ago for a completely unrelated reason and so remember the work involved

You have some patience - but the results are worth it :) !!! Fabulous job

Best wishes Dean

Yorkshire Sam on June 1, 2012

I'm not sure it's patience I have Dean or dogged determination :o) The hardest part to be honest was the traffic and pedestrian factor since photoshop coped extremely well at putting it all together once I gave it the right series of shots. It has to be said though that I could never have done it without making all the mistakes I have over the last few years and even then the steady light of that day helped enormously and was what really made it possible.

thank you once again.

regards, Sam :o)

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 4, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Yorkshire Sam
    • Taken on 2012/03/26 15:46:39
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 28.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/14.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO320
    • Exposure Bias: -0.67 EV
    • No flash