Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Minute Maid Park Panorama

Whenever we go to games I try to remember to get a nice panorama of the stadium.  Sometimes it works out great as it did in Arlington and sometimes it doesn't.  As a matter of fact, I think I waited a hair too long to take this panorama.  I originally wanted to take it at sunset so the skyline through the windows would look really cool with a nice sunset, but that didn't work out too well.  I should have shot it a little sooner so I could get more of the sun shining on the field. As it worked out, you can see the sun shining on the stands in the upper deck of right field.  It's OK, but next time I'll try a different time. 

Every time I do a pano, I try to remember my own little way of doing it, which is a little different than using the built-in panorama mode of a phone or camera.  Basically, I take a few test shots of just the portion that I plan to have in the center of the pano to find the best aperture, shutter and ISO settings, use those settings in manual mode and then take all of the overlapping shots from left to right in portrait orientation.  Those portrait shots are the ones I use for the pano-merge in LR.

Lastly, I will take a portrait shot of some good action on the field and mask in the players from that one shot so the scene has some interest on the field.  Otherwise, chances are you will get some players just standing there between pitches and that's not as cool in my opinion.

Oh and one other thing about baseball stadium panos for me anyway, I like to take them when the home team is on the field because the home uniforms are usually almost all white and they standout better than the gray visiting team's uniforms.

You can click on the photo itself so you can see a larger version.  I hope you enjoy the shot and as always, thanks for dropping by.

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Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Focal Length - 18mm
Aperture - f3.6
Exposure - 1/180
Exposure program - Manual
ISO speed - 800
Exposure bias - O EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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