I thought understatement was a British thing. "Not so bad"? This is a positively GORGEOUS panorama. And it looks wonderful on my iPad... the sort of panorama that I would like to show customers as an example of how beautiful and fascinating the genre can be!
In case of HDR the colors are a subjective thing, the more people like them the better.
You have some small stitching problems if you look up on the upper part of the bridge.
This reminds me about a stituation when I stitched a multirow pano taked by other photographer but with the panoramic head previously setted by me, so was perfect from NPP POV. Still lots and lots of little problems at stitching.
First I couldn't understand what caused that, then I saw the shadows in the photos, it appears that the photographer and the owner of the place care to be all the time at the back of the camera close to it, there was a wooden floor and the weight of both forced the NPP point to describe a circle instead a point at rotation.
Could be the same in your case (i.e. not solid floor) but as well, adding some CP in that area could perfectly fix that, that if you think worth fixing that from first place (can be retouched aslo)
> There are even several stars visible in sky, with no trails, so a reasonably short exposure
> for that section at least.
> > Dear friends,
> > from time to time I just can't help and need to show off some of my work :)
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> > Enjoy
> > Jï¿½rgen
Thank you all for your kind words and especially to Dorin for pointing me to the error. That wasn't so obvious on my desktop monitor.
And Roger is completely right, on the iPad this is a killer picture that should convince any prospective customer right away.
Regarding the workflow I think this is not yet the time to uncover it. Mainly because this would be of no particular help because regarding tonemapping each image is pretty much individual. At least from my experience and as mostly it took me more then one day to get there.
But chances are, I can get repeatedly some acceptable results with the method I have found here, and of course this will be significantly faster then. Once it is proven, well, we'll see. But the good news is, that there was no magic involved. All done with commonly available tools.
But what I have learned in that night is: take your time to get as many exposures as possible, and yes, exposure times get pretty long, but it's worth the waiting. Ironically I had learned that just when I went back to the hotel and reviewed the images. The one here suffers a bit from too less detail in the shadows. Nonetheless I think I won't put it to the recycle bin, hehe.