Pano via LR5

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Savageduck, Jan 7, 2014.

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    Savageduck Guest

    Savageduck, Jan 7, 2014
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    Frank S Guest

    Mono Lake

    Single image with Mustang (car):

    From 21 overlapping portrait-oriented exposures 1664x2496, 70mm on a
    full-frame Canon 5D w/ Canon 24-70, assembled by PS6's automated
    thingamajig: 15 Oct
    Frank S, Jan 7, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    Nice! That looks like it was shot on 395 from the switch-backs. North
    of Lee Vining, looking South East.
    21 frames!! That makes for a very fat final result
    Savageduck, Jan 8, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    Nice stitching. Two nits.
    I would have shot the pan in vertical mode, which adds more pixels. And
    I would have used a tighter crop.

    Here is my version, converted to BW, using only ACR.

    PeterN, Jan 8, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    Agreed. A vertical (portrait) orientation usually gives you much more
    room to work with.
    Regarding a tighter crop, I have already cut a fair amount from the
    left, and I wanted to retain the feel of the immensity of that wall of
    granite. Consider the scale given Yosemite Falls on the right is a
    2,425 foot drop.
    The problem with shooting at Yosemite is capturing the scale of the
    place. For example, it is difficult to grasp that the South face of El
    Capitan rises 4,000 ft from the valley floor, and is still dwarfed in
    the overall scene.

    Here is portrait oriented pano of the valley from the classic "tunnel
    view" site. I have hundreds of those from various Yosemite trips trying
    to find my "inner Adams". ;-)
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    ....and a B&W treatment of that;
    ACR is a pretty good tool for many things, but when I make a B&W
    conversion, particularly with landscapes such as that pano, I try to
    apply the "Zone System" for light control. The sky is Zone 4 & 5. With
    your conversion (I guess you used the color sliders rather than going
    to grey scale) you have brought the sky into Zones 2 & 3, which isn't
    right for the scene.
    What you have, might also be a result of using a clipping from a screen
    capture, rather than a a PSD, TIFF, or JPEG

    Then by cropping the meadow completely you have the tree line growing
    out of nothing, distorting the scenic context.
    To clean things up I have removed the boardwalk path with content aware fill.
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    ....and here is one of my B&W versions. The additional crop I think
    works is to crop the right to the bottom of the notch, as that is a
    natural crop point which retains the scale:
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    Savageduck, Jan 8, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    Yes and yes.

    However, I have a personal preference for a darker sky. the darker sky
    can be easily controlled by adjusting the luminescence of blue and aqua
    in HSL.
    I prefer your cropping once the path is removed. It was the path that
    was bothering me. Because I wanted to stick to ACR I did not remove the
    path. I am still working on learning LR and haven't set it up. Is there
    a content aware removal in LR?
    PeterN, Jan 8, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    I thought that was probably what you had done. Personally I thought you
    did it a bit too much.
    You can make similar adjustments using Silver Efex, by using a red or
    amber filter before starting the other adjustments. Personally, rather
    than just going to a blanket dark tone to the sky I would rather add a
    grad filter and adjust the exposure with that before making the B&W

    The other way of achieving the same effect in Silver Efex Pro, is to
    use the edge burning feature and make an appropriate adjustment to
    strength, size, and transition. That acts very much like a grad filter.
    I thought that might be the problem.
    Note: all that is available in LR5 is also available in ACR for PS CC.
    Savageduck, Jan 8, 2014
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    Tony Cooper, Jan 9, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    Belongs to the head of training for Flickr.
    PeterN, Jan 9, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    I doubt that. ;-)

    It is a seven digit "Gold on Blue" non-reflective plate which was
    introduced in 1980 and discontinued in 1987 when the "blue on White
    optional reflective plate became standard. No new "Gold on Blue" plates
    were issued after that, but many of the personalized plates live on
    with new generations of the owner's car. From 1956 to 1980 California
    plates used a maximum of six digits & letters. So Frank got that
    particular personalized plate sometime between 1980 and 1987, long
    before Flickr was even thought of.
    Savageduck, Jan 9, 2014
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    Frank S Guest

    California has recently begun a program allowing issue of new license
    plates in three older styles: black on yellow, yellow on black, and gold
    on blue, aimed at accommodating collectors of vintage cars. Very
    reasonable, priced at around fifty dollars, if I'm not mistaken. They
    are taking pre-orders until January 2015.

    The one in the photo is an original. I got it in about 1973, a year or
    so after Personalized plates were introduced. I had a gift certificate
    from my sister, and it took me nearly the full year to decide on what I
    wanted to say to everyone, all the time I was on the road. The
    application form had boxes/spaces for three, seven-letter choices, and I
    filled in three very thoughtful and clever words or phrases, which I now
    have forgotten. Reviewing the page before sealing the envelope,
    inspiration struck. I wrote "FLICK/U" in the vacant space above the
    boxes, and sent it off.

    Imagine my surprise and delight, a few weeks later, when the postman
    dropped off the plates. Lovely. They went right on the 1972 Chevrolet
    VEGA GT coupe I was currently driving daily and on the race courses of
    Southern California. They were transferred to a 1966 Lotus Elan S2, when
    Sis and I swapped cars, thence to a 1979 Triumph TR7, another car or two
    I'm not recalling at the moment, and to a 1967 MGB GT, where they
    adorned it for nearly twenty years while it waited for a restoration or
    a lightning strike. Neither has happened, yet. When I got the 2013 Ford
    Mustang GT you saw in the photo, I put the eye-catching (refurbished
    with spray paint and reflective tape) FLICK U plate on the new car,
    relinquishing AW NUIT, and putting TRLNGWA on the MGB.

    As you might expect, I have a lot of stories about responses to the
    plate. The license frame, "UCLA CINEMA" is kind of a red herring, hoping
    to forestall any objections with a plausible story to support the
    lettering. It is rooted in the statement of a Customs officer at San
    Ysidro: he typed in the FLICK U and nodded, "Flick U, eh? Same school I
    went to!"

    My brother-in-law, a Deputy Sheriff at the time, had borrowed the VEGA,
    and as he rolled along the freeway on his way to work, in uniform, he
    saw a CHP car following him for quite a while. The patrol car pulled
    alongside, the officer flipped Tom the finger and blasted off into the

    After a practice session in the VEGA at Riverside International Raceway
    a fellow driver approached me in the paddock. He said, "I had seen that
    plate and hadn't thought much about it, but when I caught you at the
    entrance to Turn Six it suddenly made sense and I almost fell off the
    race track!"

    After the plate had been on the British Racing Green Lotus for a while,
    one of my cow orkers came back to San Diego from a professional (LEO)
    convention in Fresno, to report he had been in a bar conversation when a
    woman detached herself from a neighboring group to say, "You guys are
    from San Diego, eh? I been to San Diego. You do things different down
    there: I was driving along when a little green car with a license plate
    F**K YOU passed me!"

    Most people just smile and/or, give a thumbs-up and/or, take a picture,
    and/or shout, "Love your plate!"
    Frank S, Jan 9, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    Reading the FAQ they have to take 7,550 pre-orders by January 2015 for
    the program to be implemented.
    I didn't know the 1969-1980 "Gold on Blue" 6 digit plates, allowed 7
    characters for personalized plates. We learn something every day. ;-)
    I resisted custom plates until I got my 1996 S600 coupe, and then I was
    so imaginative I just used my, and my wife's initials.
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    Those are now on my current E350. A V-6 does better on gas than a V-12.
    Savageduck, Jan 10, 2014
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    Frank S Guest

    The count of Approved Applications was 8,446 at about 5:45 pm today.
    Looks as if they're good to go.
    Those could be interpreted as well...
    Frank S, Jan 11, 2014
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