In 1984 I graduated from college with a degree in electrical engineering, and a few months later I found my first engineering job. The job required me to work overseas, and I was sent to Havant in south Hampshire, England. When I flew to England, I purchased a Pentax Super ME with 50 mm lens at the duty free store.
One weekend, a few weeks after settling in, I decided to explore the local neighborhood on foot and give my new camera a workout. I knew little about photography.
In a short time, I found myself in what I thought to be Thomas Hardy’s Wessex; and for some inexplicable reason, I decide to take a series of overlapping photographs. I remember getting the prints back, but then promptly forgot all about them.
In 2013, my son was graduating from high school and he required a pictorial storyboard to be displayed at his graduation party. So I waded into the basement to unearth the necessary images. After finding the necessary prints, I realized I needed to do something with my photographic library. I had visions of some future estate sale with my library being sold off at 25 cents per shoe box of images.
Hence, I undertook a project to scan all my prints, negatives, and slides and integrate them into Lightroom with my digital images. I imported images into Lightroom, and as I was sorting, dating, file naming, titling, key wording, identifying friends and family, and gps tagging I came to my 1984 images.
Could they be stitched together? I knew nothing about panoramas: exposure mode in manual, manual focus only, rotate about the pupil of the lens, stop the lens down for a wide depth of field, 20%to 30% frame overlap, and use a tripod.
Yes, they could.
Eastleigh Road, Havant UK can be found at 50°51’41” N 0°57’31” W.