apel: (january)
My road trip from Carmel Valley to Pinnacles took me along the magnificent Arroyo Seco to Soledad. I particularly like the green bridge in this panorama.

very long scrolling panorama )

Previous panorama from Carmel Valley Road
apel: (weepingoak)
On New Years Eve I drove from my hotel in Carmel Valley to Pinnacles National Park. I took the long way, along Carmel Valley Road and Arroyo Seco to Soledad. The route was beautiful in a way that's hard to convey in photos. But I took a couple of panoramas that hint at the charmingly rural experience.

Here's the first one. If you recognize the scene, it's because I took a similar panorama of it last time I was there.
very long scrolling panorama )
apel: (California)
A little later in the day, the sun was mostly gone and the clouds were thickening in warning of the incoming storm.

very long scrolling panorama )
apel: (beach)
This is from Sunday last week. The winter sky made for dramatic clouds with occasional glints of sunlight on the waves.

scrolling panorama )
apel: (California)
Another one from my holiday earlier this year. This is looking west, across the Bay. You can just about make out Mount Tam across the water.

scrolling panorama )
apel: (trail)
This was from my holiday back in September. Devil's Pulpit is near the summit, on the south-east side of the mountain.

scrolling panorama )
apel: (Default)
I went hiking at Mount Madonna in the Santa Cruz Mountains yesterday. It takes about an hour to get there from my new place and there were hardly any people there. The other photos from the hike are on Flickr.

scrolling panorama )
apel: (California)
I shot another panorama on the way down, mostly because I liked the watering hole in the middle.

scrolling 360 panorama )
apel: (California)
Getting up to some higher elevations at Henry Coe on Saturday, there were some wonderful, panoramic views. In the scrolling panorama below the cut, the oak at the beginning and end is the same tree. So technically, it's more than 360 degrees.

scrolling 360 panorama )

apel: (my face_through)
Happy New Year!
Wallpaper, feel free to use

I also posted a scrolling panorama in [livejournal.com profile] ruralphotos.
apel: (apel_orangeAnimated)
I've long since outgrown the options available in Photoshop's PhotoMerge feature so I've been testing various panorama packages. The free ones I've found were worse than PhotoMerge but now I've found Panorama Factory.

I used it on one of my problem panoramas and the result is very good. The problem was that I had forgotten to lock down the white balance. That's not an easy thing to correct for but it worked like a charm. One of the options was to output it as a layered Photoshop file. That worked fantastically well. In a panorama created out of 6 separate photos, I got 12 layers.

The version I used was a demo so the finished result has nag script on it. That's not something I want to show here. But I'm going to buy this software so that I can add more panoramas to my site. I'm impressed.

If anybody here knows of a better panorama software package, please let me know before I buy Panorama Factory.
apel: (autumn)
I took this panorama 9 October this year, a sunny day when most of the leaves still hadn't turned.

Wainhill panorama )
apel: (trail)
Behind the cut is a scrolling panorama taken in the Dentelles de Montmirail in May this year. I like the lofty, airy feeling and wide view.

panorama )
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