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[May. 7th, 2006|06:43 pm]
Photography Critique
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[karma_apple]
My first try at stitching together photos I took with the intention of doing a panorama shot... do you see the seam? Whaddaya think of the picture in general? Too much texture? Too chaotic in B+W?

Warning: huge image.

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[User Picture]From: vetal_vetal
2006-05-08 03:11 am (UTC)
Can't really see the stitches if you're not specifically looking for them.
Lovely tree.
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From: karma_apple
2006-05-08 03:15 am (UTC)
Thanks. =)
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[User Picture]From: belimah
2006-05-08 07:22 pm (UTC)
There is a an anomaly in the shading at the bottom center, just to the left of where the water is flowing. It's pretty obvious, to me, and I wasn't really looking for it. Once I caught that, it seemed like I could trace the line up through parts of the rest of the picture.

What did you do to stitch them together?
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From: karma_apple
2006-05-08 07:38 pm (UTC)
Though, ironically, that is not the seam at all, hehe, the water is going over some plants that came out light from the desaturation I did. :D

The seam is pretty visible if you look at the very top of the image, at the left edge of the tree trunk. The greys do not match up at the very top of the trunk.

I just did it manually in photoshop, though if you know of any good programs, I'd love to know.

Any thoughts on the picture itself? I always respect your critiques. =)
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From: sorceress_jade
2006-05-08 11:04 pm (UTC)
I didn't see it until you pointed it out.
I can't recommend a better program, although I use Paint Shoppe because I find it more intuitive. But my method for stitching is to overlap and feather. I make one layer mostly translucent and match up the overlaps. Return the opacity and then use an eraser on low density to feather the seem. Seemed to work pretty well for me.

(Posted the reply wrong, re-doing, :P )
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[User Picture]From: belimah
2006-05-12 02:36 am (UTC)
Haha... that is strange. I have a much harder time seeing the actual seam. There are some strange vertical elements in this photo, then.

I've only done one panarama, and I used photoshop to do it, too. There are programs that automate it, but why ruin all the fun? I used multiple layers; each addition to the image was a new, transparent layer, with position and sized matched as well as possible, along with some cloning on a soft brush.

The most immediately striking thing about the image is the fusion of the organic (tree) and inorganic (rock) textures. It is mostly sharp, with reasonably deep DOF, which I tend to think are vital to the appreciation of most textures. The light seems a little harsh, and some of the brighter spots on the rock look flat as a result. For the most part, I like the tonal range. The central root coming off the trunk is gorgeous, and its texture makes an interestingly rough match for the rock it has wrapped. This is definitely one I would enjoy seeing at a larger size.
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[User Picture]From: belimah
2006-05-12 02:43 am (UTC)
I just looked through your website; your floral work is beautiful.
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From: karma_apple
2006-05-12 03:02 am (UTC)
Why thank you! :D
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From: karma_apple
2006-05-08 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip!
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From: sorceress_jade
2006-05-09 03:38 am (UTC)
Forgot to mention that I will adjust the size of the layers until they match. I'm sure you know how easy it is to have the distance just a little off.
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