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Panoramic Way

Panoramic Way
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Copyright: Markus Peissard (Heaven) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-22
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Sony A700, Minolta AF 28-70 f 2.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alpine landscapes (Switzerland) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-08 7:49
Viewed: 3737
Points: 60
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Hi all!

This is one of my first tries with my new software to stick pictures together. For this panoramic view, I took 8 vertical pictures, made a very soft postprocessing and put them together in a special software. Then I sharpened the picture, corrected the levels and added quite an amount of saturation. I find the result quite good, although it's not always easy to find the right settings in the software. This software is a French product and called "Autopano".

I thought that the "Panoramic Way" of the Swiss National Park would be a fine subject to try out this technique. We had a wonderful day and so many great views during our trip of a bit more than 4 hours. The name "Panoramic Way" really is accurate. The light conditions and the marvellous colours of the sky and the forests as well as the ones of the meadows were particularly excellent and my wife and I were totally charmed by this beautiful nature.

Here we are at "Alp la Schera" at 2095m looking towards Italy. The particularity of the hiking tours in the National Park are that you are not allowed to quit the paths. At "Alp la Schera" the hiker has a circle of about 100m to move freely for the pic-nic.

Kind regards


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This is truly a panorama...no second guessing on that...What a wonderful sight full of life and action...while latent energy in the photo, one can feel the kinetic energy laying beyond...It is simply gorgeous Markus!

Hi Markus. Excellent stitching of 8 images in keeping the view intact as compared to super wide optics. Amazing sharpness and details showed us the beauty of the software available today. I like the undulating foreground with layers of autumn glory and the mountains in the backdrop are real stunner. Well done and thanks for sharing this in TN. Very good note too complementing this scenic image. Regards. Jusni

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-08 8:31]

Hello Markus,
This is a wonderful landscape only I wish I could see it 'Large'. Perhaps that's not possible when you 'glue' images together. Joe is good at fixing large panoramas, I never remember how to do it! Even so it is a great image of a wonderful Alpine landscape with a blue sky and in lovely autumn colours.
TFS and have a nice weekend! Ulla

Ciao Markus,
splendido paesaggio "superpanoramico", eccellente esecuzione tecnica e ottimo equilibrio nelle tonalità dei colori, molto bello il primo piano ondulato con la fascia di larici prima delle montagne, bellissima la luce.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-08 8:55]

Hi Markus,
That's a beautiful photo with an amazing scenery and DOF. I agree with Ulla that you should have posted the larger version... Would love to see that
All the best,

Hi Markus,
An awesome view. This is how a panorama of a mountain view should look like. A bit of snow on top of the mountains, the colored leaves below and a splash of water at the bottom. You even got a good composition, which is a difficult thing to do.
I think your new software did a good job. It looks as if all is straight and there are no seems visible. I know that you do not like to post a LP version and won't ask for it. I love the clarity and the effect of the sun on the sky. I do find that bird(?) on the right a bit distracting.

Hello Markus,

I have to congratulate you on this great panoramic view. A wonderful effort for your first attempt. As Eric Morecambe would say, 'I can't see the joint!'
Beautifull rugged scenery captured with a good dof.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Markus,
You edited the photos very well with your new software. I do like the scenery as well.
Nicely done

Ciao Markus, fantastic mountain landscape with wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, ciao Silvio

This is a lovely panoramic Markus. I think it is a very successful endeavor. The subject is perfect and the composition was well planned in advance. It is nice to learn that such a pretty place is protected.

Evelynn : )

Armonia en los colores y buen equilibrio del conjunto Markus. Bonito formato y presentación. Un excelente trabajo.
J. Ignasi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-08 19:04]

Hi Markus.
Very impressive first attempt to get panoramic picture. You are right. Subject is very suitable for this purpose. Pictured scene is amazing and quilt of the picture is excellent. However, it would be better to load large, panoramic, version of the image. I do not know how to do this but many TN members did it. My best regards and compliments.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-09 0:09]

Hi Markus

A splendid idea to try such big panoramas...the Swiss Alps are perhaps made for such photos and i certainly hope to see more from you :)
Your new software seems to be working very nice; i don't see and trace of the stitching and the exposure is very even throughout the entire width of the frame.
I also use a small software for such shots - Arcsoft Panorama-maker - and, too, think that this type of shots are very cool :)

Here you have a beautiful setting, with the lovely trees in the lower part, colored so nicely by the season, and the big, impressive mountains behind them, that really command respect.
You did good to add a bit of saturation...the photo looks great like this.

Bravo and TFS

Une belle vue typiquement suisse. Belle luminosité.
Bonne journée.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-09 8:56]

Il n'est pas facile d'écrire ce que je pense de cette photo, Markus, c'est beau, fantastique! J'aime les courbes en avant-plan, les collines dorées avec les mélèzes qui ondulent dessus. Suivent les montagnes,un peu plus rougeoyantes avec leurs pics de pierre. Puis le bleu du ciel qui recouvre le tout. Génial ton logiciel. Justement, j'ai le photostitch de Canon et je me disais qu'il faudrait bien que j'essaie cela. Tu me donnes des idées, me manquent les Alpes suisses!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-09 14:04]

What a breath-taking panorama, Markus!
It is such an incredible place.
You're so lucky to live here.
Very good sharpness.
Superb stitching :-)

Well done,

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-11-10 1:15]

Hello Markus,

this is an excellent panorama. The composition, DOF and POV is splindid as the details are clear and crisp. An excellent landscape picture indeed. TFS.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-10 2:35]

Lieber Markus,
Da hast Du ja hart gearbeitet! Das Resultat lässt sich sehen. Welch ein Panorama. Jetzt müsstest Du bald den nächsten Schritt zum Grossformat-Panorama machen..ich bin sicher das Bild würde grandios aussehen. Bin ein wenig verspätet, die ganze Familie ist oder war krank in der letzten Zeit.
Wünsche Dir noch einen angenehmen Montag

hi Markus,
I am not an great fan of panorama's but this are a rea good one.
Beautiful pov and autumnnale colours.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-11-14 23:20]

it a fantastic place here you made for us,
the place is a paradise for a landscape photographer, a fine composition and a nice balance in it, good photojob, this would be something for a LP format, good photojob here, have a nice weekend.
regard Jaap

Bravo Markus
Une très belle réussite cette prise de vue, avec un rendu de ce décor vraiment remarquable.

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-11-16 3:59]

Hi markus.

Great panorama of a very impressive scene. The swiss alps is a place i really hope to visit one day, and this only makes me want to even more.



Wow Markus, this is a wonderful panorama.
The color & comp are first rate.
Very good work!

Hi dear Markus ,
So nice panoramic view.
Great composition and lovely place.
TFS my dear frined.


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-11-18 2:30]

Hi Markus!

Very impressive view. I like panotamic pictures of hills and mountains - they help us to see the beauty of nature

Hi Markus!

The land is very pretty, I think I could spend a lot of time there just walking around...
And you did a great job on representing it a panorama. For a first try it is unbelievable, the stitching seems so perfect. Good idea to take the frames in vertical, it makes less barrel distortion on the sides to make them fit better when stitching. Although it would be nice to see it in a large post to see more details.
Mountains like this cannot be found here in Hungary so for me it's always a pleasure to see them. Hope I'll be able to go out and take pictures of our mountains again soon that I can post too.

Best regards,

This is wonderful panoramic view! From the gorgeous shots to the PP work is amazing. Very well done Markus.

Hello my friend Markus,
How are you!
Nice to see your panorama view on the is beautiful National Park!
the lighting over the land is real beautiful with a good colour contrast indeed!
many thanks for the sharing

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2008-11-24 10:32]

Hello Markus
a great landscape with very beautiful autumnal colors and light that render details indeed the photo. The Swiss is one of my preferred countries and every time you succeed perfectly to portrait it in the better point of view.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-11-24 11:35]

Hallo Markus,

ich hatte mir das Panorama angesehen aber es nicht kommentiert, äxgüsi. Ich bin vor allem von der Technik beeindruckt. Es wird sich für Dich lohnen, den Versuch mit Panorama-Posting zu machen. Wenn es auf TN nicht geht, dann vielleicht auf TE, dort habe ich es schon gesehen. Schön, Deine Serie aus dem NP. Da war ich noch nie mit dem Velo, in meiner Jugend aber per Felle und Holzski auf dem Punt la Schera---lang ists her. Später war es die Wissenschaft, die mich dorthin führte.

Herzlich grüsst


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