Monday, February 2, 2009

How the other half live ... wow!

Click here to see the whole panorama at 1000 pixels wide.

I got interested in panoramic shots a while ago, while traveling overseas. Some locations offer the most amazing mid-range material, while the top and bottom of the frame are ... blah. Like this one. It's the line of millionaires' houses and Norfolk Island pine trees that are the interesting segment of the photo. The upper third is just sky, and the bottom third --? I was standing in the water to get this, so you can imagine what the bottom third was all about. The best thing to do is photograph the whole scene at the max resolution you have ... 6MP is just fine; 10MP is superb, but you'll need one of the newer cameras to get this. (Incidentally, check the Digital Kosmos Store, to the right of your screen: you'll see the new Fuji at a good price -- and it would do this job perfectly.) However, this shot was captured with 6MP, and I don't have a problem with it. In your imaging software, just crop the wide shot out of the whole frame, then size it to what you need, sharpen, and adjust color, brightness, contrast and color saturation, if you need to or want to. The results? Beautiful! This photo was taken from the waterline at Seacliff, Adelaide. Photo by Jade, 2007.

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