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Devastation and . . .

Devastation and . . .
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Copyright: Richard Fey (Riccardo5000) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 394 W: 36 N: 352] (1527)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-31
Categories: Nature
Camera: HP Photosmart R707
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-01 8:44
Viewed: 1666
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
recovery. [I took these pano shots while on a hike with the SF Hiking Club on August 31, 2008. Not too much of a hiker these days. I was EXHAUSTED afterward (9 miles).] (PLEASE NOTICE LARGER PANORAMA VERIONS) 800-1000 forest fires were burning this summer in California. What you see in this photo is from a previous fire at Pt. Reyes National Park where the forest is in recovery. I like the sharp contrast between the skeletal, craggy trees and the green undergrowth that shows recovery. A wonderful program by National Geographic recently stated that the globe will survive global warming and subsequent devastation. It has done so for billions of years. This photo is testiment to that; it's humans that will have self destructed by over population and mutilation of nature's wonderous resources.

Between pixels, megabytes, proportions, etc., panoramas are still a siginificant struggle for me to post, so I'm glad I was FINALLY able to get this one up.

I did nothing to the photos except join them as a panorama in my Hewlett Packard program, which came with my computer and simply amazes me in its technology.


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Hi, friend!
It is interesting panorama about nature. I like your composition. Good colours and light. It is good idea.

Hi Richard!
Looking at your picture one can say how painful human progress can be...
But never lose our hope...
TFS, and BRAVO in improving day after day your technical skills! :-)
Ciao, Antonella

Great shots, Richard, not to mention how you stitched them together for this beautiful panoramic view. Recovery from wildfires often helps renew and rejuvenate the landscape, so it is good to see that happening here. I like the sense of elevation and distance, and the clarity is excellent. Good work!

hi Richard,

very good view, nicely presented, good note re the forest fires, nature always finds a way huh. good colours and details, and good pp work combining the separate photo's.

regards c.d.

OH, NO! Yet another aspect of photography that I haven't tinkered with, panoramas and posting large versions.
I've recently been a bit overwhelmed with it ALL. Perhaps I'm a bit tired of my little shooting sessions while taking the dog out for a walk, but I do know that there are many fascinating things I've yet to play with, these two (panorama splicing and posting large versions) will not get my attention for a while. Thanks though for sharing your experience with it.
The shot and the issue you mention in your notes are very topical. When was the fire in this location? I'm wondering how long it took to recover this much. I know it occurs surprisingly fast. It's happened a few times here in Spain, arson.
Good crisp shot, interesting composition with the tree in the middle as if there were two shots.
Well done Richard.

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  • Art_R Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 5 N: 75] (458)
  • [2008-09-01 20:21]
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Hello Richard , not a bad try at a panorama image , colors, focus are ok, with a fair sense of depth.

there are two issues I see in this photo , firstly I am not really sure of your camera , not familiar with HP point and shoot a quick look up reveals this camera has a panorama mode? was that used for this image set ?

well I will start at the clump of trees in the middle of this panorama , this I must admit I am a little confused by? given the choice between a wide expansive landscape , and a clump of trees , I would imagine that one would choose the landscape ? I would suggest next time that you try using that tree clump as a frame on one side of the image or the other , and give a bit more of the panorama to the panoramic view .

the second issue is one of camera setting , not sure on your camera but judging by the looks of these images your camera used its metering pattern to determine one exposure parameter in the region of the trees , and then another parameter when it photographed the open area , resulting in a tonal difference displayed in a dark patch of sky in the open area , when pointing towards the trees your camera decided the image was dark when pointing towards the open area it decided it was lighter. a panoramic image needs to be shot with one exposure parameter across all of the exposures to maintain a constant color across the assembled image. if your camera has no method to set an exposure value lock than it is not very good for this type of image, after all a long hike up a mountain is not a great time for your camera to 'drop the ball'

well I had the same exposure problem with my first panoramic effort so no point loss there , the composition however , not thinking that works very well -1 on that sorry :( effort , well that is always worth one

thanks for sharing.

Hi Richard, I remember the struggles you had getting your ratiots right but the wait was worth it. Art makes some valid points but I remember with horror some of my earlier panos. Both small andlarge images have good colour and definition and your chosen POV doesn't bother me. A scene quite often seen in Tasmania where bushfires quite often rage in winter. Do use a tripod, do try the panorama setting on the camera and do try again :),

PS regarding the glow around my jonquils, it is the gaussian blur and the erasing which produce that effect.

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-09-09 12:03]
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Well Richard, it's not that bad, but I can see at least one stitch line very clearly.
I like the panoramic format and it's what drew me to this picture. Well, actually, the format but also the deep blue sky ☺^☺.
Apart from the technical stitch flaw, there are a few things you need to control or set up before starting to shoot. First of all: set everything to manual: white balance, exposure (take a good mean of all measured values) and even white balance. Then, use a tripod and make sure the lens is swiveling above its nodal point. This can be avoided if you only take 2 to 3 pictures, but for larger panoramas you really need a tripod. Also, be sure to keep the sensor plane perpendicular to the ground to avoid perspective distortion.
As for your subject: I like the view, but I hope that the damaged nature will recover soon... after all, a tree covered with leaves is a lot more beautiful than a burnt stump.

Good job with the panarama Richard - looks like you have done many based on this result. Well frames amazing clarity and I particularly like the ocean in the BG.


HI Richard...great image..wonderfully composed with nice details.


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