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Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland
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Copyright: James Park (JimmyP) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 3 N: 42] (92)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-28
Categories: Mood
Camera: Canon 450D Rebel XSi, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/5 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-05 10:36
Viewed: 1966
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another shot from a recent trip to Edinburgh taken from the same location as this one.

Princes Street Gardens plays host to a selection of market stalls and carnival rides as well as an ice rink every winter, appropriately titled the Winter Wonderland. I thought that some of the iconic landmarks of Edinburgh, with Waverley Station in the background and the Wonderland in the foreground, would make for an ideal panorama. Unfortunately due to the crowds, it had to be taken without the use of a tripod so there was a degree of camera shake visible at the righthand side of the image.

The three images were taken in RAW and converted in Bridge before finally being stitched together using an excellent freeware application called Hugin. It really is an excellent piece of software and something I hope to use a lot more with the arrival of my panorama head for my tripod!

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 207 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
  • [2011-01-05 12:41]
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Hello Jamie,

At first looking, this is a very impressive scene. There are some wonderful colours and lovely lighting here - a truly wonderful winter scene in the heart of the capital.

But, it's not quite sharp enough, I feel. I'm sure that's a lot to do with exposures at 1/5 sec. handheld - what a pity you didn't have the benefit of your tripod!

A couple of things to make sure of when taking panorama shots: firstly take a reading with the camera's meter and then set exposure on Manual, otherwise, as you take the different shots, if the lighting is slightly different, the camera will use different exposure settings and blending the individual images together will leave you with light and dark "bands". Also (and this is a mistake I've made on occasions) don't use a polariser because it will cause the same. Naturally, you have to leave a zoom lens set on exactly the same focal length for all the shots.

I've never heard of "Hugin" though I have just "Googled" it and had a look. Photoshop and Photoshop Elements both have a thing called "PhotoMerge" which I find actually works quite well.

One thing you can do here (or at least I think you can - you certainly can on TrekEarth) is to post a panoramic shot like this and also link it to another much larger panormamic shot up to 4000 pixels wide by up to 800 high - that can be quite impressive. You can read how to do it here if you look at paragraph 12. Here's one taken from the balcony of that villa I was telling you about and here's one taken in Fife. If you just click on the image, you'll be taken to the larger one in each case.

Also, I'm not quite sure what "Bridge" is - is that part of the full version of Photoshop?

Anyway, Jamie, yes, I like this one - a good note too - but I'm sure that if you manage to deploy your tripod next time, it will be a lot better! Incidentally, those panoramas I have shown you were both taken handheld but at much faster shutter speeds than you used.

Kind Regards,


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  • KAYCEE Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 0 N: 58] (1087)
  • [2011-01-05 14:30]

A wonderful Wonderland scene - well composed and very well exposed.

Hi Jamie,

This is a well thought POV for this location and the format is well chosen too, but as John mentioned in his critique that picture lacks sharpness and I agree with him on this front.

Other than that, it is a wonderful location to enjoy. The charm and mood are well reflected through this work.
You managed the light quite well and the sky is well preserved too.

A good job!

Thanks for sharing.


Hi James,

Lovely shot,nicely put together,would make a nice large print.


panorama like a dream, wonderfull picture

Hi James.
Wonderful panorama work shot with beautiful details and very good DOF,the illuminating lights looks amazing,a beautiful nocturnal presentation.
My Best Regards

Hi James,

Lovely panorama shot with excellent details, good POV and nice frame. Nice presentation.


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