Yes, I totally agree with you. I just started photography and shooting panos a year ago and I think I'm trying to advance to fast. I need to take a couple steps back and learn some of the fundamentals. So I appreciate the constructive criticism.
I don't know if I can mention the other competitors but the stitching software I use rhymes with PT Lui
I have also noticed the bad horizon and some others have pointed it out to me as well. I dont understand why I'm getting this horizon problem. I use the NN3 and I spent about 5 min. before each shot trying to get the stupid bubble on the NN3 in the circle so the NN3 is level.
I use photomatrix for a lot of my shots especially on cloud shots like the "Before the storm"
My Work flow :
Make sure Nodal Ninja is level
Shoot all images in RAW
Process in Photomatix save as tiff
Fix Nadir in Photo Shop
Stitch in PT Lui
Post process in Photo Shop
Results Nice Scene BAD horizon
I remember you saying that You dont alway Need to use HDR
So I took your advice and got some pretty good natural results.
Heres One I did with just RAw images and a little tweaking in PS.
I think the horizon looks ok in this scene.
Any help would be much appreciated.
P.S could you email that nadir shot to me?