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.

13 comments:

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

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  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.

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

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  4. I love that photo! So beautiful.

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  5. 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.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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

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

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

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