Good evening everyone!
Thanks so much to everyone who helped decide the fate of this post! I have been trying to engage with you guys more lately, and this is one of those attempts. And it only works if I have you guys’ help, so again, thank you!
I wasn’t sure how many people would write something back, if any at all. It may sound weird, but I was extremely nervous about it. To my surprise, I got feedback and the majority of you wanted to see a panorama from my recent trip across the country.
This panorama was compiled using 8 shots from a place in Yukon, Canada called Kluane Lake. As many of you know, my husband and I were on a 2-week journey from Columbia, South Carolina to Fairbanks, Alaska. We were driving literally from one end of the continent to the complete opposite end towards our new duty station. There were so many beautiful and breathtaking sights along the way, but we couldn’t afford the time to stop at every pretty sight for photos. But while driving along Kluane Lake, I couldn’t help myself – I HAD to stop and capture this place.
I was pretty tired at this point (it was the homestretch) but as I set up my tripod, I was almost hyper. I felt like a kid at a candy store. I tried to capture this whole scene in one shot, but there was no way. So I decided to plan for a panoramic shot. I took a series of 8 photos from left to right and knew that Photoshop’s Photomerge script would help make the rest happen. This feature layers and merges photos together to make one collage or panorama. After running this script, this was the result:
As much as I wish Photoshop could do it all for me, that just wasn’t possible. How was it supposed to know that I wanted the horizon to be straight and crop it all right? That’s the beauty of Photoshop: I control the result. So I warped the image to straighten the horizon while doing my best to keep the rest of the scene intact. Also a storm was chasing us, so I didn’t have much time to play with my settings. I just got an appropriate exposure, and hoped it was good enough for later. As you can see, the image is slightly hazy and not very striking. Luckily, I planned for this and took the photos in .RAW format for easy editing later. I boosted the contrast a bit to bring out the dark colors, and adjusted the color to reflect the scene that I witnessed. At this point, it was looking pretty good, but I still needed to crop the jagged edges. I chose to go with a standard panorama ratio of 6×17 and voila! May I present to you Kluane Lake:
Lense: EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Camera settings: 1/64 sec, f/14 aperture, 100 ISO
What do you think? Does this look like a place you’d like to visit and see for yourself? If you have done panoramas before, please do share! I’d love to see what others are doing. Also, do you have any advice for me on how I could improve? We all know there’s always room to improve, right?
Don’t forget to leave a comment! Have a great night!