Italy Panoramas

I’m still only like halfway through all of my photos, but some of the first edits I did was putting together the panoramas I made using the Brenizer method* (see some really phenomenal examples of what this method can do for portraits here). It’s so fun to see the end product after Photoshop stitches all of the photos together! I thought you might enjoy seeing the first photo for each panorama, as it gives you a small idea of the actual scale of the view from where I was standing. I can’t show you all of the photos that make up the image (sometimes I take like 50 pictures and have Photoshop stitch them all together into one!) but I will show you the very first one I took. Unless otherwise noted, these were all taken with my 50mm 1.2*.

If you’d like to see one of my all-time favorite Jenna Cole photos, taken using the Brenizer method, click here!

I took this one in my in-law’s backyard. I wanted to try to convey how lush and green it is back there, full of fruit that was perfectly in season when we arrived this year!  (I need to build in the sky on the left side if I’m going to do anything with it, I for some reason didn’t take any pictures of that area).

The first shot in the series.

My favorite panorama. This is the dome of Florence, taken from the tower that sits next door, and as you can see from the original photo below, we were much closer than you realize when you look at the panorama.

Florence looking east (I think) from the tower.

It’s a fine shot by itself, but I like that stitching it together adds in the church on the right side.

There is a story behind this bridge. It’s only a few kilometers away from the agriturismo where we stayed for two nights, and the first time we drove by it I instantly fell in love and proclaimed it the most beautiful, magical bridge I’d ever seen. Out of a fairytale. The light was falling on it just perfect, and what I should have done is insisted we pull over and take a photo right then and there. We didn’t though, and when we came back the next day the light wasn’t nearly as good, and it was impossible for me to convey to you have truly breathtaking this bridge is. It will be one of my life goals to go back and somehow capture the perfect representation of this bridge.

The first shot. The panorama does at least make it look better, right?

We hiked to the top of the hill next to our agriturismo, where they have a little panorama spot that looks out over the area of Bagni di Lucca.

This is the initial shot, which captures the house of the owner, and the apartment building where we stayed.

I wanted to try to convey how beautiful the pool is, and I came close, minus the crazy distortion of the pool. I wasn’t paying attention and photographed this with my 35mm lens.

See how the edge of the pool is actually straight across here?

Another shot of the pool area, again with the 35mm, but a little less distorted.

My view through the lens from where I was standing.

On our last morning there I went for a sunrise photos walk. This one needs to be viewed bigger to really see how beautiful Bagni di Lucca was. You can do so here.

The first shot in the series (and I think this might be SOOC?).

This was one of my favorite moments from the trip. I was walking back to our apartment, and just before I got there I looked over to my left and realized that the light was… breathtaking. I started shooting like crazy, switching between lenses and methods, trying to capture the beauty before me. I still don’t think I did it justice, but here is a very wide view of the scene, composed of 38 shots.

This is the first image in the panorama, the shot I set my focus and exposure for.

And I’ll end today with another favorite image from the trip. I want to print something up large for our house, and I’m trying to decide between the shot of the Dome in Florence above, or this one, which I think might not be technically as nice, but captures such a beautiful moment for me when I felt so much joy.

*I could have sworn I’ve already done a post on the Brenizer method but I can’t find it. I’ll add it to my list!

*If you’re going to employ this method, the 85mm is actually a better focal length, and anything wider than a 50mm will give you distortion (driven home by the distortion on the awesome leaning tower of Pisa Brenizer I wanted to create, but can’t because I photographed it with the 35mm).

12 thoughts on “Italy Panoramas

  1. Oh, how lovely! I am going to have to read up on this method before our trip to Paris in November 🙂

    I am thinking of renting a lens to take with, but not sure which one to rent. Do you have any suggestions for one that takes great scenery shots as well as people?


    Jenna Reply:

    I think your best bet would be something like the 24-70. I took just my 50mm and 35mm on my trip, but they are pretty limiting and it’s hard for some people to get used to that. The 24-70 has a nice range, and it’s the go-to lens for a lot of wedding photographers so you know it is great quality!

    Richard Bui - San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photographer Reply:

    Hi Jenna,

    Thanks for the link love! Great shots and looks like you guys had fun!

    I would certainly recommend to Kristin to bring a 50mm, while might seem limiting at first, I think it’ll free you up to focus on composition. I love shooting with just the 50mm.

  2. Your photos are lovely, Jenna! I just did some reading on the Brenizer method and I’m excited to try it this weekend!

  3. Wow, hard decision between the two photos; they are both beautiful. I think I like the last one best though: somehow it seems more special (I guess it depends how much you liked Florence though?).

  4. Oh my! You are mega talented — I love the comparisons, it really makes a difference.

    I want to go to Italy soon, and your photos inspire me!

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