April 21, 2013

A Panoramic View of a Meadow

I don’t know what rock I have been living under, but I had no idea until recently that Photoshop has an easy photomerge function that stitches individual images together to form a panoramic. I use the CS6 version of Photoshop, but current versions of Elements include this feature too. Several online tutorials are available if you are interested in trying it for yourself. However, I must caution that the use of a tripod is essential if you want to achieve good results.

Before we depart for our latest adventure, I decided to try out the technique when we visited Cades Cove last week. I walked out into a lovely meadow and took four individual shots on a zoom setting about 40mm (full-frame sensor). When I got back to my computer at home, I ran the images through Adobe Camera RAW first and took care to eliminate any vignette caused by the lens. (I shoot in RAW format.) Then I combined the four photos together using the photomerge function in CS6. The combined image file ended up being huge, so I resized it down to make it more manageable. Of course, I also performed some of my typical editing. It all worked beautifully!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

If you can’t experience an April view of a pastoral Cades Cove meadow in person, let me bring the view to you! Please click to make this panoramic image larger. The blogger template column makes it look tiny, but I can assure you that it is not.


  1. It's a wonderful view. Thank You for all that info.

  2. I have tried the photomerge in elements and although I did use a tripod it didn't come out to well. I guess I need a little more practice with it. This however is beautiful, thanks for bringing us the view.

  3. that is breath taking,

  4. That's a beautiful piece of photographic art!

  5. I love that photo! So beautiful.

  6. Gorgeous, Donna. I love panorama shots... AND--who can beat one from Cades Cove. George uses this exact same function on Photoshop to make his panoramas.

    Enjoy your trip.

  7. Wow....Just, Wow!
    Thanks for bring it to us Donna...It's Gorgeous!!!

  8. Ohhhh Donna - it's beautiful! Gosh, that is so neat. Love it. :)

  9. WOW! That is totally beautiful and well done!


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