01. July 2015 · Comments Off on Everything in its time… · Categories: patience, processing photos, Travel · Tags: ,
Escalante - Lower Calf Creek Panorama

Escalante – Lower Calf Creek Panorama

It takes time to build a Panorama

Looking out the window

Decades ago, in grad school, I took a class on the economics of software development. In that class we had to read a book,  The Mythical Man Month by Brooks, which is the source of the quote ‘nine women and a month don’t make a baby’.   As much as I would like to hurry things along in photography, there are things that take time.

I think printers were put into this world to teach us patience !  For the last several months I have been having problems getting people’s faces to print correctly (landscapes to a lesser degree).  I have profiled everything several times.  I have checked and rechecked everything.  I ran out of ink and had to wait for the new ink to arrive, a little better, but not great.  Then I noticed that on one of the endless printer quality runs that I was missing the light gray swatch.  Now it was waiting for the new print head to arrive and time passes.  Finally, new print head, and voila (calibrate, and  profile)  – the faces are starting to look better.

Panoramas, although not as frustrating as my printer problems take time. I have 2 different programs that will stich a set of images together to build a panorama; Photoshop  & PT Gui. The one on the the left is a combination of 31 frames. The one above not as many. The programs are relatively quick, but there are an interesting series of issues that show up when building panoramas.

-Often there are gaps in the panorama where there is not a frame for a spot.  Then you have to fill it in with Photoshop work.

-There is too big a dynamic range in the photo, and so work needs to be done.
-There may be waves that span multiple frames that don’t line up that require careful editing in Photoshop.
– The is bigger than 2GB, and so is a .PSB file that is not recognized by Lightroom.
-It may be under the 2GB limit, and so can be a .PSD file, but the pixel count exceeds the current maximum pixel count in Lightroom.
-Once you have the file in a workable size, printing it becomes an issue on several fronts, the one on the left is 24″ wide and about 7.5 long; what do you do with that?

Having a big beautiful print is a great joy, but there are only a limited number of places you can put panorama.  Not to mention the mounting costs….

Putting in the time to build and print a small copy of a panorama is extremely rewarding, but it is an exercise in patience.


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