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Mar 5, 2021 6:01 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
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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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Mar 5, 2021 6:02 PM CST
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful banner Elizabeth. Thumbs up
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Mar 5, 2021 6:16 PM CST
Name: Rj
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Exceptional banner Elizabeth!
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Mar 5, 2021 6:39 PM CST
Name: Christine
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I agree Lovely beautiful! Lovey dubby
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Mar 5, 2021 7:03 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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What a beautiful place! I'd love to sit on that bench! Great banner.
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Mar 5, 2021 7:48 PM CST
Name: Laurie
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Beautiful scene! I agree about the bench, too. Smiling
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Mar 5, 2021 7:48 PM CST
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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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Mar 5, 2021 7:50 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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What exactly is photomerging?
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Mar 5, 2021 8:16 PM CST
Name: SoCal
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Exceptional banner, I love it!
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Mar 6, 2021 5:35 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
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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.
I post high resolution photos (nature, travel, and other subjects) on smugmug
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Mar 6, 2021 6:26 AM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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Beautiful banner!

Karen
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Mar 6, 2021 7:52 AM CST
Name: Frenchy
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Amazing banner Elizabeth!
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Mar 6, 2021 12:20 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Beautiful landscape, Elizabeth.
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Seamless stitching. Thumbs up
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Mar 6, 2021 3:12 PM CST
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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I think this is about the prettiest banner ever!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Mar 6, 2021 4:41 PM CST
Name: Sean B
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Very fine job, Elizabeth. The tips and cudos are well-deserved. I tip my hat to you.
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Mar 6, 2021 4:43 PM CST
Name: Baja
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A perfect slice. Thumbs up
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Mar 6, 2021 8:01 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Thanks for the explanation. Can't tell where the seams are--great job!
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