Who Says Cloudy Days Can't Be Magic

I like to do Panoramas every now and then.  I was reviewing some photos from October this past year and saw these 15 photos I took to eventually put together as a Panorama.  This is such a beautiful scene from on top of one of the viewpoints at Toguchi Beach.  The thick clouds added drama to the whole scene.

Isolated Cove (The Biggest Photo I've Ever Made)

Today's photo is a older one from Aug 2010, but recently reprocessed.  I took this while we were in Okinawa on vacation before we moved here a couple months later.  While this may look like a normal photo it is quite different.  It is 22 photos stitched together to make this one.  Most times people stitch together photos to get a panoramic view, but I wanted to try something different.  I used this technique to get a wide angle view instead of a panoramic view.  Lack of the right equipment led me to come up with this solution.  At the time, I didn't own a wide angle lens and when I came to this particular place I only had a 50mm 1.4 lens with me.  I really wanted to capture this entire scene but the 50mm was not wide enough.  So I took 22 photos in total in portrait orientation sweeping from right to left ensuring I had about 25% overlap, once I got to the end of the scene I dropped down a little then went back to the right again keeping about 25% overlap not only on a horizontal plane, but vertically too from the previous row.  In the end it was 3 rows of 7 photos each; if you're doing the math that is one extra photo, but I have no idea where that one was in the mix of rows and columns.  I then took the 22 photos, brought them into Photoshop's Panorama feature and let it do its wonderful magic for about 20 minutes and it produced a photo that presents a wide angle view.  I then of course did some of my post-processing work and then saved it.

The original file is....  1.6 gigabytes.  Now keep in mind, this was not HDR AND it was taken with my old 8 megapixel Canon 20D that would produce a photo no bigger than 11 megabytes; whereas, my new 18 megapixel Canon 7D can reach up to 26 megabytes per photo.  The real culprit in making the size so big was my Photoshop work though.  When you add layers, it dramatically increases the size of the file.  I guess if I will do more of this type of shooting I will need to get more hard drive space.  The benefit of making a photo from many photos is it can increase the sharpness dramatically.  If you could zoom in to this photo, i.e., the small fruits on the tree, you would see they are in perfect focus.  That's extremely hard, if not impossible, to do with a wide angle lens and just one shot.  Enjoy.

This Gorgeous Home of Mine; Big Pano of Okinawa

I headed out to a couple islands just north of Nago, Okinawa this past Labor Day.  I arrived around 12:30pm and didn't leave until 8pm.  Spent most my time on Yagaji Island, but I decided to post this one from atop Arashiyama Viewpoint near Nakajin.  WHAT A VIEW!  This looks out to Yagaji, Kouri and Ojima islands.  Even though this was taken at mid-day, the incredible sky with the bright white puffy clouds (that's how you describe these clouds when you don't know the proper term for them) doesn't give a harsh light at all.  This area, in my short experience here, has the most pristine water I've seen around the main island of Okinawa.  I have a LOT of photos to get through from this day (and some others from this weekend as well), but I'll get a couple up over the next few days intermixed with other photos I have in the queue.

By the way, this is one you want to look at BIG; if you're looking at this on your smartphone, go back on click on this photo when you're back at your desktop with a bigger screen.

Trevi Fountain Panorama

We went to the Trevi Fountain three times during our visit to Rome.  I really wanted to get a photo with good lighting but the first time was at night and the place was packed with people so we just did the happy snap with my wife and I.  The second time we went it was midday and the light was terrible with harsh light in one half and shadow on the other.  Finally, we went there fairly early in the morning and was blessed with good light and few people.  This photo is a 6 shot pano stitched together with Photoshop Elements.  

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