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Sear Zone

As seen on the volcano slopes.

As seen on the volcano slopes.

A panorama of the sear zone of the Mt. St. Helens eruption taken on the slopes leading up to the crater. The blue lake is filled with still floating logs that have been permeated with ash. Also in the far background is Mt. Rainier.

It was nowhere near this clear today.

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Touring Sonoma

Sonoma County back country.

Sonoma County back country.

Ever have one of those photo projects looming over you that you know you should really do?

That was this panorama for me. It was nothing serious, I handheld four shots at a very wide angle north of Armstrong Grove (on the way to bullfrog pond) and stitched them with Photoshops panorama tool. It came out pretty well, not stunning or beautiful but that could be a result of me growing up in the area.

The person on the far right was visiting my Dad’s business from Japan. He said that he will probably print this photo out, so somewhere in Japan could be one of my photos on a wall or other flat surface.

If anyone happens to see it, let me know.

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The UCSB lagoon on a moonlit night.

The UCSB lagoon on a moonlit night.

I spent all day working on panorama photos that i took last night with a clear sky and full moon.

This one is made from 10 photos stitched together with Photoshop CS4. It is probably the best of all of them because I actually used a level on the tripod body and tripod head before taking the photos so all the photos are aligned nicely. The only challenge in the photo was getting the right exposure settings due to the dark right side and bright left. In the end I settled on a 30 second exposure at f/4.2 and a focal length of 24mm. White balance was adjusted later in photoshop (it was too orange originally).

The original stitched files did get rather large at 150Mb each.

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Panorama

 

The ginormous clean room of JPL.

The ginormous clean room of JPL.

I want to start taking more panorama shots, a while ago I tried some various stitching software packages (free ones of course) and none of them really worked for me. Since I had CS2 I could not import my .NEF files directly to photoshop and I really did not like converting to .DNG files beforehand, it just made it inconvenient.

When at JPL a few weeks ago we were in the observation deck of their clean room when I decided to try a panorama. I had no tripod with me so I just handheld the photos and rotated around. I then tried out the free panorama software Hugin, but it did really work for me in the end, at least not with a set of freehand photos. It also could not read my .NEF files. I did like the control point method though, I thought it was pretty neat.

But recently I received a copy of Photoshop CS4 which does support my camera RAW format (CS2 missed it by one update), so I tried the photoshop photomerge feature to create my panorama. I must admit that it is not the greatest for a couple reasons: the handheld part, shooting through a thick pane of glass and missing an additional shot on the left. Eventually I want to attempt an HDR panorama.

The next step is to build myself a custom panoramic tripod head, that will be sweet.

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A quick panorama of the Isle of Skye

A quick panorama of the Isle of Skye

A long day today so I only have a photo. I made some basic panorama’s with photoshop (without any extra editing) and this is one of the two that actually came out. I would have more but I rarely take multiple shots with a panorama in mind, and when I do it is done by hand. Click on to the photo to see the full version. I should have another full post for tomorrow.

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