Thursday, March 15, 2007

Room #5 version vertical.

[i attacked this corridor again, this time for a vertical panorama consisting of stitched photos. This is attempt #1. I shall re-do this having learned what i did and will prepare a better one for ze flickr. rough drafts for my friends! ]


At Friday, March 16, 2007 5:45:00 AM, Blogger Kimberley said...

This "rough" draft is rather great, I intersted to see your new and improved ... I really like this one!

At Friday, March 16, 2007 12:52:00 PM, Blogger Jozee said...

Can you enlighten me a bit about what you did to work on this pic?

It's a great image.

At Friday, March 16, 2007 1:52:00 PM, Blogger Henri Banks said...

he did it again :-)

At Friday, March 16, 2007 3:00:00 PM, Blogger Christopher Steven b. said...

My shots are always a little better on the second go-around, kimberley. actually mid exposure i realized this wasn't the positioning i wanted--i wanted to get the doorknob. but after the shot(s) i just said 'ah, good enough to try the panorama with'.

absolutely jozee. Most of the work was in levelling. the main feature of these shots is the higher than zero blackpoint. to see what i mean, open any b+w that has a lot of black in it. now go to image\adjustment\levels and slide the leftmost bottom slider a little to the right. this just sets a miniumum for blackness that is not zero like it usually is. most of my pics don't have a true black in them..
ahmm. oh. i use the 'alien skin exposure' plugin for my bw conversions. this plugin sort of batch handles many prodecures all at once [e.g. grain, levels, sharpness]. I think i ran the image through here a couple of times, though i probably spent about 5 minutes each time adjusting settings[e.g. levels] to taste.
i then applied a vignette. given the long orientation i had to do it by hand. with the selection lasso chosen, i drew an oval-like shape in the centre, set feathering to 120, inverted the selection, then dragged the mid-tone slider [of the image\adjustments\levels\ dialog box] to the right so that it was near 50. I then applied an overlay. I dragged a nice and scratchy texture into the image, and in the layers window i chose [i think] the 'overlay' combine style. it's default is, obviously, 'normal'. i worked on the levels of this image in isolation so that it combined with the image proper in a way that i liked it; and then i reduced the opacity a little--still in the layers window things.

oh. file/automate/photomerge was how i stitched the images. a little work was needed to smooth the overlap but not much.

phew. i think that's about all i did. it took about 15 minutes to edit.

grazie, jozee..

haha. danke, henri!

At Friday, March 16, 2007 4:31:00 PM, Blogger raindog said...

striking image!

At Friday, March 16, 2007 9:07:00 PM, Blogger Jozee said...

My goodness, thank you for all that info. Going off to digest now.


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