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Name: Elizabeth
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arctangent
Mar 5, 2021 6:01 PM CST
Mother Nature's Garden

A strip from a photomerge of a scene of the Willow Pond area and beyond (Matthaei Botanical Gardens) on a beautiful fall day. I liked the light and the clouds, which made up, in part, for a general lack of brilliant fall color that year.

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Here's the full photomerge. Every time I see this image, it takes me back to that beautiful day, when Nature was so generous with its beauty. If you have high enough resolution, and look closely at the far right end of the banner strip, you'll see a weathered teak bench, beneath a massive old black cherry tree, where one could sit and view the scene. It's a favorite place of mine on days when I'm enjoying what the Willow Pond has to offer.

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joannakat
Mar 5, 2021 6:02 PM CST
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful banner Elizabeth. Thumbs up
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crawgarden
Mar 5, 2021 6:16 PM CST
Exceptional banner Elizabeth!
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wildflowers
Mar 5, 2021 6:39 PM CST
I agree Lovely beautiful! Lovey dubby
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Mar 5, 2021 7:03 PM CST
What a beautiful place! I'd love to sit on that bench! Great banner.
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Name: Laurie
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lauriemorningglory
Mar 5, 2021 7:48 PM CST
Beautiful scene! I agree about the bench, too. Smiling
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Fleur569
Mar 5, 2021 7:48 PM CST
Cinemascope in action, giving us VistaVision. A great job of photomerging. Excellent. Love the magnitude of the view within such a limited space.
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Name: Laurie
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lauriemorningglory
Mar 5, 2021 7:50 PM CST
What exactly is photomerging?
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SoCalGardenNut
Mar 5, 2021 8:16 PM CST
Exceptional banner, I love it!
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Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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arctangent
Mar 6, 2021 5:35 AM CST
lauriemorningglory said:What exactly is photomerging?


Photomerging is the software process of creating a wider angle image from two or more frames from your camera that were taken with the camera at a fixed position, but rotated slightly between frames. It can result in long strip-like images that most would call panoramas. Or the subject can be something closer that you just want a wider or taller view of than you can get from a single frame.

Modern software is good enough (forgiving enough) that you don't even need to have the camera mounted on a tripod to take the single shots. You need to keep the same focal length for all the shots you want to merge, but you can let the camera make its own choices about aperture or exposure time, i.e. you don't have to shoot in full manual mode. You do have to have enough overlap of subject matter between shots for the software to figure things out, maybe 1/4 of each shot overlapping the next one in the sequence.

I use Photoshop or Lightroom for my merges, but I'm sure other editing packages have that capability, too. For the photomerge I used for the banner, I started with several camera shots that were taken in the portrait or vertical format. That allowed me to get most of the pond in the final view without losing the amazing sky.
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Mar 6, 2021 6:26 AM CST
Beautiful banner!

Karen
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Frenchy21
Mar 6, 2021 7:52 AM CST
Amazing banner Elizabeth!
Name: Cal McGaugh
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EscondidoCal
Mar 6, 2021 12:20 PM CST
Beautiful landscape, Elizabeth.
I knew it was yours immediately.
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Mar 6, 2021 3:12 PM CST
I think this is about the prettiest banner ever!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Name: Sean B
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Whitebeard
Mar 6, 2021 4:41 PM CST
Very fine job, Elizabeth. The tips and cudos are well-deserved. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Mar 6, 2021 4:43 PM CST
A perfect slice. Thumbs up
Name: Laurie
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lauriemorningglory
Mar 6, 2021 8:01 PM CST
Thanks for the explanation. Can't tell where the seams are--great job!

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