Saturday, August 13, 2011

Photo of the day: Upper Crystal Lake

Upper Crystal Lake by The Bacher Family
Upper Crystal Lake, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.
I can't say it enough: I LOVE Photoshop Elements' capacity to stitch together several photos (in this case, eight I believe) into a seamless panorama. I've taken a lot of these panoramas over the years, and have gotten better at the technique with practice. In this case, I took vertical shots, so that I got maximum vertical spread, and panned from right to left, overlapping each shot by about half the frame. I made sure to include foreground elements along with the background, especially along the edge; they frame the photo nicely. I metered on the most important part of the image, in this case the middle of the shot, then shot manual explosure for the whole set using those settings. When the composite was done, I cropped it rectangular so that there's no distracting white blank spaces around the edges. Voila, a cool panorama that more fully captures the beauty of a panoramic landscape!

If you hadn't already figured it out, this one's in Mount Rainier National Park.

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