Took a trip downtown in between rain showers tonight. When I say it that way it sounds kind of impressive – downtown, like the Sinatra song or something. But I’m not going to knock Scranton, which actually has a really nice downtown that the city has worked hard to clean up and make successful.
The courthouse square is especially nice and I’ve long wanted to get a nice shot of it. I’ve tried a few times without ever really capturing the look I wanted. Tonight the elements came together; maybe it was the gloomy blue sky, or the fresh wash of rain, but whatever the reason, it looked great.This is a photomerge composed of six images, shot handheld with the Powershot SX120. The perspective is a little off, despite using the “Perspective” option during the merge, followed by a manual adjustment with the transform tool. It would probably take a tilt-shift lens to completely overcome it, but it’s not too bad overall.
I shot these in Av mode, f/2.8, ISO 400, handheld with shutter speeds down around 1/10 (thank goodness for IS). As usually happens when I’m shooting the P&S, my brain stopped working – the results would have been more consistent in M, but despite that oversight, it worked out.
I’ve found that I enjoy panoramas/photomerges, but I lack the patience to work with a tripod and nodal point gear, which means that I shoot most of them handheld. I try to keep the top and bottom of each frame in line, with a 30% overlap between frames. It usually works out well.