View from Yerba Buena Island
So the question yesterday was: 'Why am I showing this image?'
The answer is that yesterday's image was a detail of THIS image! Click on the larger view (below) to more fully appreciate the resolution. You might be curious how I achieved this. I knew that the new version of Photoshop (CS5) had the capability to process large multiple images in this way - but now discover that CS3 and CS4 can do this as well (I am still using CS4).
This image was shot with my older Canon 5D. But I could have done it with my long departed D10! Or the Rebel. In fact, you can do this with any decent digital camera with a good lens.
The key is photo-stiching in Photoshop. The above image is a composite of six images shot at 70mm. Tripod mounted. The final image as cropped is 158 mega-pixels.
I'll confess that I took this another level by selecting the images out of Lightroom. I did this so that when Photoshop finished with its stitch work - and after I cropped the image - I saved it which created a copy back in Lightroom. I then opened it in Lightroom to apply a gradient to the sky, color correct and apply sharpening. While in Lightroom I also did some other slight tweaking with clarity, vibrancy, and saturation.
There are some excellent YouTube tutorials on this. How this all came about:
Sunday morning, I exited off The Bay Bridge onto Yerba Buena Island. I wanted to look and see how the access was to where I took Saturday's capture (Sunbreak on the Bay Bridge). I was happy to discover that much of the brush and cover has been cleared and access was actually easier. While I was there I came up with the thought of trying a PhotoStitch with the telephoto. After getting back to my computer I started doing some research through Adobe 'help.' This began the process that led to this image. I was amazed. Until now I was using the Canon software for doing stitch work. Adobe's software runs circles around theirs. Check it out for yourself - after your images load as separate layers into Photoshop - turn the layers off and on and use the sliders to make the layers partially transparent. You'll see what Photoshop does to hide any hint of a seam. This is exciting!
Here we go - you may need to use your scroll sliders to see it all:
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