I don't do what Gunter recommends (rotate around the center of the lens,
also called the nodal point). There are ways to figure out where the
nodal point of your lens is, but I've never bothered since I use a zoom
lens and the nodal point changes based on focal length.
I rotate around my torso - set my feet stably, turn upper body to left
(or right, whichever you prefer), then shoot pictures with 50% overlap.
So the right edge of the first frame falls in the middle of the
viewfinder when I shoot the subsequent frame. Don't move the feet!
When shooting the higher row of images, frame that for a 50% overlap
between the bottom of the new frame and the corresponding image in the
Also, keep the camera leveled horizontally. That helps keep things straight.
A last idea, if you can go back and reshoot it, is to shoot portrait
instead of landscape orientation. That might enable you to get the
entire center part of the panorama (house and that lovely little water
channel feeding into the pond) in one vertical shot. That would fix the
mismatched point in the water channel, and possibly eliminate the little
mismatch in the eve of the house. It might also trigger mismatches in
the lines of the pond, but I think Hugin would handle those better than
the existing mismatches.
Nice picture, that is a really lovely house and yard!
David W. Jones
wandering the landscape of god
My password is the last 8 digits of π.