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Concentric Curves

by on Oct.14, 2022, under Photography

Concentric Curves

Concentric Curves

DJI Mini 3 Pro FC3582 + 6.7 mm f/1.7 @ 6.72 mm, 1/640 sec at f/1.7, ISO 100 x 9 Frames

In addition to the improvements to the full sphere 360˚ panorama mode on the DJI Mini 3 Pro. I’m not sure whether this was an intentional feature or a bug in their latest firmware release. However it is something I’m hoping they keep

When taking their smaller panorama’s – like the 3 frame vertical pano and their 9 frame “wide” pano. Normally the drone resets the gimbal to be central/level with the horizon before taking the pano frames. This results in a final panorama centered around the horizon

With this latest firmware update the drone now starts taking the panorama frames from the current position of the camera

In the case of this image I started with the camera pointing slightly downward. So the final panorama includes less sky (yes finally!!!) and more of the ground below

The DJI auto stitched pano actually automatically levels the horizon in the final result. This makes sense and sort of leads me to believe the change in the way the pano mode operates was actually intentional

In my case I stitched the RAW source frames separately and kept the curved horizon. Well… because it looks interesting and highlights the difference in the new pano mode

The main reason I’m excited about this change is that it really improves my pet hate with the 3 frame vertical panorama mode. Now you can start with the camera angled say 45˚ down and you end up with a more sensible 1/3 sky, 2/3rds land composition. I took a few of these on the Central Coast when I was up there and will post some examples

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

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