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09:59 pm - Mendenhall Glacier (on a cloudy day)


This doesn't begin to convey the massiveness.

Juneau, Alaska
June, 2007
54"w x 18"h

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From:dd_b
Date:July 10th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
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In addition to liking the glacier, I like the snapshots-on-cardboard effect -- where the individual photos contributing to the mosaic have edges. They're not even at top and bottom, which suggests handheld shooting, but the edges all line up perfectly, which suggests either a panorama head or else careful adjustments to make them all fit.

I've poked at the adjustments approach and find it pretty much intractable; I can't get things to come out looking decent. So for real panoramas I use Panorama Factory, which does a pretty nice job if you give it anything to work with; but it can't make things like the above. So, how much trouble was it to get the edges of all the photos to match so perfectly, using what tools?
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:July 10th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)
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I've shot lots and lots of handheld panoramas. To tell the truth, I was surprised at how smoothly the edges aligned. The flatness that would come from a panorama head comes from the fact that the glacier is pretty big, and we're still far enough away that it's flat in perspective (if that makes sense).

Other than that, it was done by hand in photoshop.
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From:dd_b
Date:July 10th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
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Ah, the distance; yes. Mine have tended to be indoors, where, well.

I did one where I didn't *try* to correct anything, just slapped them together as if I really was gluing 4x6 prints to a piece of tagboard, and that was fun. But I haven't repeated it.

Thanks for the info. And I do like the way yours came out; looking back I see I said I liked the glacier, but didn't mention the picture. Not entirely what I meant!
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:July 11th, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
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I took it positively that you mentioned liking the glacier, actually. It meant to me that even though this is obviously a manipulated photograph, it was still to some degree transparent.
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From:dirtylibrarian
Date:July 10th, 2007 08:48 am (UTC)
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Zowie. That is awesome. I so need to go there before the glaciers are gone. Did you see the Northern Lights, too?
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:July 10th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Alas, no, for two reasons: Too cloudy, and wrong time of year. Fairbanks in January would be a better time for the northern lights.

The captain did tell us, though, that if we drove over incandescent plankton at night, we could turn off the lights in our cabin, flush the toilet, and see the Aurora Bowlealis.



Well, it was funnier when he said it. ;>
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From:dirtylibrarian
Date:July 10th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
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Ug.

Did you see incandescent plankton?
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:July 11th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
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No. Alas!
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From:agentxpndble
Date:July 10th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
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WOW. How awesome is that???
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:July 11th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
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Pretty dang awesome, lemme tellya.

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