Creating HDR Panos with PTGui

Stanley Lake Panorama

A while back I had approached a few companies about putting together an article on how to create panoramas.  One of those companies was PTGui – and I’ve finally had a chance to put together a few images through their software to take a look at the processing and stitching quality.  First impressions are good…what I especially liked is that the software has the ability to render both panoramas as well as HDR processing algorithms.  While a dedicated work flow that addresses panoramas and then a separate work flow to address HDR work may yield better results, I’ve gotta say that PTGui does an impressive job for a multi-function program: Read more

Over $2000 in prizes!

April Winner - Balance - Bryan F

With April in the books a new winner has been determined.  It was a really tough call as all the entries this month were deserving, and each could have easily been considered a winner given the theme, the composition, creativity, and treatment.  All in all, the cream really has risen to the top, and I am seeing some really impressive quality in the images this month.

Okay, enough dancing around the subject.  The winner is:

Bryan F

April Winner - Balance - Bryan F

Seriously, I don’t know if I can keep doing these contests, because every month the decision gets more and more difficult to make.  It was a real toss up, and the only reason this one topped the others is because of the sense of tension brought to the image as well.  I just kept coming back to it saying “Wow…”  So, congrats to Bryan F – he is officially now the first repeat winner on LDP, and also he marks the winner who took us over the threshold of $200o in giveaway prizes!  Pretty cool if you think about it – on many counts!

In new contest news – the May contest is now underway, and the theme this month is:


The reason?  Well, by now you should know that themes are typically based around some premise of the prize, and since the prize this month is the well-respected PTGui Panorama Software (thanks to the folks over at PTGui for their generous sponsorship).  Given the nature of the contest theme, there will be a slight variation this month:  images should be no wider than 1600pixels on the longest side.  The theme lends itself toward panorama shots, so it would be silly to restrict the dimensions to prevent any decent panos.  This will also be noted in the contest thread up on Flickr.  Get clicking and above all, have some fun!  Deadline is the last Friday in May (28th).

Oh, and in case you can’t keep that in mind – download a May Calendar (yup, they are back at least temporarily…more on that on tomorrows blog post).  For now, feel free to download your own desktop sized calendar from the links below:

May Calendar

For those interested in the technique, be sure to tune in tomorrow.  Otherwise, happy shooting, good luck in the May contest, and we’ll see you back here mañana!

P.S.  For vendors interested in sponsoring a contest or future giveaway, I am getting caught up now and ready to start scheduling giveaway content starting in August 2010.  For readers, if you know of any vendors that would be cool for prizes, by all means, let me know and I’ll see if I can’t get them on board!