Monday, 2 May 2011

Composite photos

For many years I have been interested in the technical development of difficult photographs.  One aspect of photography that I have been playing with for some years is the composite photograph.  By using a number of photographs taken from the same point, they can be layered and edited together to give a composite picture which would otherwise be impossible to take.

This photograph of Ironbridge is the simplest kind.  Two photographs have been joined in the middle to give a wider coverage of the bridge than would otherwise be possible at the point of taking the photographs.
Here is a much more complex image.  The pond at the bottom of the Dorothy Clive Garden is seen from a short expanse of lawn, backed by a hedge.  It is not possible to photograph the whole vista, even with a wide angle lens.  This image is a composite of 16 individual photographs.
The same technique was used here to photograph the town of Llandudno from the edge of the Great Orme.  This makes it possible to see the two bays and the expanse of the buildings.
A simple 4 photograph composite was used to present a picture across the canal basin at Norbury Junction.  The creation of these panoramic shots does take some effort at the computer, but in the end they are worth the time.
This is the house at Bodnant Gardens.  Again, the expanse of the lawn does not allow such a view through the lens, but a group of 8 photographs can be edited into a passable image, even if the perspective is a little odd.

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