(note - a good tutorial on doing a photo merge is at the bottom of this page)
The images that have been posted here these past four days have all come from this single photo-merge in Adobe Photoshop. I just find this process so very impressive - and simple. Key to these images:
Friday 8/20 Red - historic ships, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Bay Bridge
Saturday 8/21 Blue - Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill
Sunday 8/22 Green - North Beach and The Financial District
Monday 8/23 Orange - Ghirardeli Square and Russian Hill
To VIEW the PANORAMA click here:
( use your horizontal scroller bar to view the entire image )
Image Dimensions: 308.5 megapixels - approx. 55 x 11 inches ( 139 x 28 cm ) at 300 dpi
Six RAW captures from my Canon 5DmkII went into creating the base composite image. I can't imagine how long it would have taken to process this in Photoshop, fifteen or twenty years ago. CS4 did the the job in less than half-an-hour. That included doing automatic vignette and distortion corrections on each image and then computing seamless edits to the stitching.
After Photoshop completed the photo-merge - I immediately saved it, so that I could open it in Lightroom. This allowed me to apply my corrections and sharpening there before going back to Photoshop for cropping and final clean-up of any artifacts (there were almost none).
I did find one error that stood out. Coit Tower had what appeared to be an arched concrete growth popping up at its top. It was an easy fix.
If you want to try this - here is a link to the Layers Magazine tutorial using Photoshop CS4. It will also work with CS3 - and I've seen a demonstration in CS5 that really rocks:
(you will need to cut and paste this link)
Don't be intimidated in trying this for yourself. Any decent digital camera will produce good results. Using a sturdy tripod and allowing a good overlap of each of your images is key to getting really fine results.
Pretty cool, Adobe...
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