King’s Canyon – Grizzly Falls

This photo was tough because I wanted to try to blur the water, but I don’t have a tripod or anything to steady the camera.  Also, it was extremely bright out.  This was shot at F22 with  a 1/5th second exposure time at ISO100.  I basically tried to get the longest possible exposure time given the conditions.  The water was moving fast enough that the amount of blur made me happy.  The tough part was trying to get it to look good.

The image on the left is the original one that I had processed using Canon’s software 2 years ago.  I did some HDR processing on the image to the right to try and see if I could improve it a little.  It looked unnatural at first but I think that is mostly due to the colors on my desktop being quite off.

Yosemite @ Glacier Point

Half Dome from Glacier Point

Half Dome from Glacier Point (Bad)

This picture was stitched together from just 3 images taken from Glacier Point in Yosemite.  I discovered the “Drag” option in Hugin.  It lets you grab a point on the image and kind of move it around.  It’s pretty weird.  Even better, the “Straighten” option automatically adjusts the images so that the horizon is level.  The top image was adjusted with the “Straighten” option, the bottom image wasn’t and has a tilted horizon on the left.  Pretty neat!

(I don’t know who the guy is – he’s just some random dude that happened to be sitting there)

Yosemite – Hetch Hetchy

Hetch Hetchy

This one spans 4 individual images.  Would be nicer if I had the top of the mountains…

Hetch Hetchy 2

Edit: Ah, here’s another one taken from a different vantage point.  This is 3 images stitched together.



Another stitched image, this one from Yosemite.  The right side seems to me like it’s a tad lower than it should be, but it’s hard to say.

Yosemite (Adjusted)

Edit: Adjusted the image a bit, looks a tad better on the right I think.  The difference is pretty minor…

Red Rock Canyon

About a year ago I was in Las Vegas and visited Red Rock Canyon for the second time.  As usual, I took lots of pictures.  I also took some panoramas.  The thing about panoramas is you need to stitch together individual images to make a bigger image.  I had previously only used Canon’s PhotoStitch software which, while easy to use, is pretty crappy.  I finally decided to try and find something better and came across Hugin.  It turned out to be pretty easy to use, just select control points on each pair of images.  It even will auto-detect the point on the 2nd image – you just have to click in the vicinity of the point.  There are a bunch of additional options to set, but I kind of just made some guess and hit go!  Anyway, here it is!

Red Rock Canyon

The actual image is substantially larger, but my WordPress installation was having trouble with it due to it’s size…