Steve’s Blog, July 2, 2010

I want to learn a little about posting things in this blog myself a bit, so today I’m going to try posting some of my photos.  We want to get on top of this learning curve before we head west on our big trip in September, so that posting our day’s events and images will be an easy daily task instead of an hours-long chore.  So, here goes!

This first photo is a stitched image, made up of eight individual shots.  Stitching is a technique I want to practice and do more of, especially once we are out west and have grand landscapes in front of us.  For those that don’t know anything about it, it basically involves setting up the camera on a tripod, and taking a series of photos by panning the camera just a bit between shots, so that each photo overlaps the preceding one by about 25%.  If you happen to be standing up on top of a mountain, or in some such place where you have a complete 360 degree view, you can continue shooting until you come back all the way to the beginning.  Then, you load all the photos into some kind of stitching program in the computer (I’m using Photoshop), which will analyze them all, recognize the “overlaps” and stitch them all together into one long panoramic image. This photo is made up of eight individual images I took at Roan Mountain, and covered an area of a little less than 180 degrees.  It’s also the image we’re using right now for the Header Photo at the top of this blog.  We may change that at some point in the future.

There is another technique of blending several photos into one, which I haven’t tried yet, but am anxious to learn, called HDR (High Dynamic Range).  This is useful when shooting an image that includes a wide range of brightness, such as a landscape where the sky is very bright and the foreground is very dark.  If you expose the photo to capture the details in the sky, the resulting foreground becomes almost black, with no details visible.  On the other hand, if you expose the photo to capture details in the dark foreground, the sky becomes washed out.  HDR involves, again, setting the camera up on a tripod so that each photo is exactly the same image, but shooting a series of photos, each exposed for the various areas in view.  You might wind up with three or four images, each with only a certain section in range.  These are then entered into the computer, which will analyze them all and blend them into one.  As I’ve said, I haven’t tried this yet, but look for some attempts in future posts.

View from the Blue Ridge Parkway, north of Asheville, NC.

These photos are some I took on the excursion north of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  A lot of my photos are similar to Chari’s, since we were shooting in the same places, and since hers are already entered in her post, I won’t put too many of mine here.  In the future, we’ll be doing this together, and the posts will include some shots from each of us.

These next are a few from my camera on the excursion to Roan Mountain.

Woods in the early morning fog

This is an obviously terrible image of the sun breaking through the fog. The sun appears as a washed out blob in the sky, and the flowers in the foreground are so dark that there is no detail visible. This would be a perfect situation to try HDR. Next time, I’ll give it a whirl!
Maxwell hiding in the Bluets…
… and climbing up into the Flame Azaleas


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Recently retired and "hitting the road". Hobbies include travel, nature photography, kayaking, hiking, good food and good friends.
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2 Responses to Steve’s Blog, July 2, 2010

  1. GiGi says:

    Hi Steve and Chari! These are great photos! I’m looking forward to keeping up with you two on your adventures, via the internet. This is a wonderful idea….especially for those of us who don’t travel much. We will be able to see our beautiful country through your eyes. I’ll definitely be checkin’ in!! Thank you for sharing! Safe travels to you both – GiGi xxoo

  2. Marge Myers says:

    Needless to say the pictures are great and they are as though I’m viewing them first hand. Not able to travel, Bill and myself can view our beautiful country through your’s and Chari’s eyes. How rewarding is that?….. thank you.

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