The Old Monastery

The photo above was taken in an old monastery during one of my last trips. This room consisted essentially of three main elements: the wooden stairs in the middle, the checker board marble floor at the bottom and the decorated ceiling with the hanging chandelier at the top.
In order to show it all,  I opted to use the canon 24mm f3.5L II Tilt Shift lens coupled to the canon 5dmkii to create a vertorama of the scene. For those not familiar with these kind of images, the vertorama consists essentially on a vertical stacking of two resp. three photos on top of each other in order to cover a larger vertical angle of view. Another advantage, derived by the inherent use of the tilt shift lens, is that the vertical lines of the scene will still be straight, despite the fact that you’re covering a higher angle of view.

Regarding the workflow, it is not much different from what you’d do in case of a single shot. In this case, I took three shifted photos, to cover the middle, lower and upper part of the scene. Each photo consisted of 9 brackets which were processed in photomatix using the same parameters in order to maintain a consistent look throughout the three HDRs. The resulting HDR images were then stacked on top of each other using photoshop and cropped in a square format. The resulting photo was then fine-tuned in photoshop to create the final look.

Hope that this small introduction raised your interest to the field of vertoramas. If you have interest in this technique or want to know more details, just let me know. I might then make a small tutorial covering the use of a tilt shift lens in the creation of these vertical panoramas…