Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Rocky Mountain National Park - First visit of 2007

I said I would post some of my normal pictures from my RMNP weekend from 5/11 - 5/13, so here they are!

I had the good fortune of spending a couple days with a friend who has been shooting professionally for over 20 years. Jay and his Red Healer, Blue, drove in for a couple days from Tennessee. The three of us got along splendidly, and really had a great time.

Starting out with something a bit out of the ordinary (I do that a lot), I seem to have created the world's largest panorama. Okay, it's probably not time to call Guiness quite yet, but it is ridiculously large. It consists of 10 stitched images, in a 400MB uncompressed file, of a clear capture in the park of a grandiose mountain range. I'm sure I'm not the first to create a panorama of this view either; as I recall, a few years back, the RMNP map actually had something similar to this, although I doubt it encompassed quite the range that I did.

Too small to see?
Here's a link to a page where you can see this photo in greater detail

To stitch the images, I tried several techniques and freeware/shareware stitcher and panorama software. Each time I was dissappointed with the results. In the end, I found it easier to stitch the images by hand (or mouse, rather). I laid them into photoshop one at a time, and aligned them, and made minor exposure adjustments to have them all match up. Does anyone know of a good poster or print company I could market this behemouth to?

Here are just a few more of my "normal" images from these couple of days with Jay in the park.Jay perched seemingly precariously, yet amazingly at ease, on a steep rock.

Blue, looking alert as ever. His herding instincts are strong, and once he realized I was "part of them", Blue would not relax until both Jay and I were squarely in sight, and rounded-up.

A mangy elk, backlit by the morning sun. I had to laugh when Jay commented that the elk this time of year look as if they just picked up their coats from a thift store!
I really have a thing for shooting trees, and these were shining just right in the morning sun, with the shadowed mountain in the background. I was disappointed about the lens flare in the lower right, but still like the image. To see the same scene in a wider perspective see my post about Pinhole Photography. These trees are the same ones in the right side of the second pinhole photo.

Blue and I doing some macro shots at the river, as candidly captured by Jay. Jay was perched on a rock in the middle of the river, and while Blue and I were searching for that perfect vantage point for the next shot, Jay got our attention and snapped the shot. Notice that both Blue and I have the same crooked grin. Yikes.

"The Master at Work"
This is one of my favorite shots from the weekend, and find it really pleasing in black & white.

And, of course, the obligatory sunrise shot. Not interesting enough for commercial use, but I like it.

Overall a wonderful start to the spring/summer adventures. I'm looking forward to many more to come!

I also uploaded a few more images from the weekend to
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1 comment:

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