Thursday, May 5, 2011

Photo of the day: Tolovana Panorama

Tolovana Panorama, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
One of the challenges of photographing a wide, sweeping panorama is capturing something that vaguely resembles the openness of that kind of scene in a picture, especially when you don't own a fish-eye lens. (And even then, the image usually just ends up looking weird.) Thank goodness for Photoshop, and its robust panorama stitching capabilities! I took this series of photographs--eight of them, if I remember right, steadied by tripod in the dusk--from our second-floor balcony at the Tolovana Inn near Cannon Beach, Oregon. We had one of the south-facing rooms this year, so no view of Haystack Rock, but the sweep of clouds over the Pacific Ocean still can't be beat.

Of course, now you have to view it at a size that gives some measure of justice to its wide dimensions! Click on this one to see it in light box at the largest size your monitor will allow, and just for a moment, imagine the smell of salt air in the breeze, and the ubiquitous stereophonic roar of the waves in the distance.

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