Midwestern Wanderlog

2016-01-16 – Learning new things

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7:48 AM 1/10 seconds with f/22 at ISO 100

“Sunshine, sunshine, ladybugs awake!”

(Points if you can tell me what show that’s a quote from; extra-special BONUS points if you know the rest of it!)

DSC03034I am so glad the sun came out to play today!  It was colder, yes – when isn’t it colder in the winter when the skies are clear? – but watching the sky brighten and the clouds become colorful more than makes up for the chill… especially when you’re properly dressed for it.  In fact, today turned out just perfect; even the 11 mph wind from the NNW couldn’t dampen the feelings of contentment and victory o the eastern overlook today.  Sixteen days in a row!!

And today is for the showing off of these first days in panoramic video, too!  (Video-ish.  Can a collection of stills be considered a video?)

So, first of all:  Photo-editing software!  Now, there are free versions that might/probably let you do the same thing, like Lunapic, Photojoiner, or Fotor, but I have no real idea how to use them.  Photoshop does cost money; it is also the benchmark of quality and versatility in the industry.  And there are choices available; you can download and use Lightroom and Photoshop for ten dollars a month.

And naturally, there’s a bit of a learning curve!  Here’s my first attempt at creating a stitched-together panoramic using the photomerge feature in Photoshop:

First attempt

2016-01-01, 7:56 AM 1/45 seconds with f/11 on ISO 100

Pretty weird, huh?  And my next few attempts weren’t much better!

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Took a while, and some research on the internet, but I figured out how to use the photomerge properly (had to select the options to not only blend the photos but also “Content aware fill transparent areas” and “Geometric distortion correction.”  The results aren’t ideal, and there are distinct areas that are still distorted, but they came out pretty well!  Over the coming months my own skills will improve, and perhaps by the end of the year I will be able to create a time-lapse video where the horizon stays in the same place and at the same orientation, allowing the sun to crawl across the horizon as the days pass.

Best of all, it’s really something to celebrate!

And it turns out that Lightroom has a pretty fine tool for creating a time-lapse video!  (Had to look that up online, too, but these days if you can’t find the information you need on the web, you’re probably not asking the right questions.)

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