Category Archives: panorama

Fire Over the East River

Here’s a cityscape to change things up a bit today. I was visiting New York City a couple of years back and Mark Garbowski was showing me around the area. I took this image with the Fuji X-T1 and used the Panorama feature. It stitches in camera a wonderful panorama and produces a nice jpeg and other than boostiing a little saturation and cropping slightly the image was ready to go!

Sunset over New York City

Bright fiery orange sunset over the East River and the NYC skyline.

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East Cherry Creek

I many times drive Highway 83 from Denver to Colorado Springs and love the rolling farmland along East Cherry Creek basin.  It just has a calmness to it.  On the way back from Colorado Springs today I noticed the beautiful afternoon sky with some thunderstorms  off in the distance as I rolled past the Russellville turnoff .  I decided I had to stop. I just had my new Fuji X-T1 with me and a 18-55mm zoom so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to see how it performed.  I captured this handheld with 8 vertical frames and then stitched it together in Photoshop. I applied a VSCO Film Kodak Royal Gold 400 Warm to it and then removed the grain and added some tweaks and cropped it to a 1:3 panoramic format.

I have to say I’m really enjoying my new Fuji X-T1.  It’s so refreshing to not have to carry 5lbs. of gear with me and the detail on the images is wonderful!  I still need to put it through its paces some more, but it’s been wonderful so far.  I was really a sceptic, but after shooting with it I’m really enjoying it.

Rural Farmland along East Cherry Creek in Douglas County, Colorado

Rural Farmland along East Cherry Creek in Douglas County, Colorado | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

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Grand Teton Sunrise

A Grand Teton Sunrise is something special to see.  It’s amazing time of the day in the park and something everyone should experience once in their lifetime. To me it’s the best time to be in the park. Animals are roaming freely in the crisp morning air and then there is this amazing alpenglow that turns a reddish-orange and is an awesome site to see when it covers the tip of Grand Teton Mountain.

This is a 5 image panorama of a Grand Teton Sunrise taken near the Glacier View Turnout.  It’s a panorama I’ve wanted, but never gotten until this year. There is a wall just waiting for this panorama in my office.

I can’t believe it’s half way into July already. I hope you are enjoying the wonderful summer!  Have a great weekend!

Grand Teton Range Panorama

Grand Teton Panorama | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

Capture Notes:

  • Notes: Nothing special used on this image. Just exposed the image across the scene and made the exposure a little dark for the foreground to expose the sky and sunrise correctly. I used Photoshop Merge to create the panorama and then with Nik’s Color Efex 4 I used a graduated neutral density filter to lighten the foreground to match the sunrise. There wasn’t enough exposure difference in this sunrise so I knew my RAW image would have enough dynamic range to compensate for the dark foreground. I also didn’t use the filters because I was afraid of some inconsistencies in filtering as I panned across the scene. I may have to invest in a panorama kit some day so I don’t have to worry about those issues.
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Lens:
    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal Length: 57 mm
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Shutter Speed: 1/8 sec.
  • Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac, Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Mac , Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4
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Kebler Pass

Having been in New York City all last week, I jetted back to Colorado on Saturday and then quickly unpacked and packed and headed for Crested Butte, Colorado and met up with Ryan Wright and Casey Shipley. It was about a 4 and 1/2 hour drive down from Denver and was hoping to make it to Kebler Pass for sunset.  I arrived to the overlook just as the sun was setting illuminating the trees.  It was a little hazy so we didn’t get the alpen glow I was hoping for, but the fall colors of the aspens were spectacular. Kebler Pass is so full of color and one of the reasons I love the Colorado Southwest Mountains this time of year.

Kebler Pass is has the largest aspen stand in the world. All the trees you see in this are one big living organism and all inter-connected. I captured this panorama of Kebler Pass. This small image in this blog post doesn’t do it justice. Click on the image for the Lightbox view.

Kebler Pass

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The Open Range

Today’s image is a wide panoramic view of the Monument Valley in Utah. This is what I picture in a scene from a western movie. I just need a cowboy on a horse in this scene. The Fisher Towers and La Sal Mountains are in the distance.

I have a busy week in New York next week, so not sure how much time I’ll have to post. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to get out and capture some images in NYC. Have a great weekend!

The open prarie in Utah's Monument Valley looking toward the La Sal Mountain Range

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Landscape Calendar

This is my 2012 Landscape Calendar.  Nature and Landscapes has become a huge passion this past year. It contains 12 months of some of my favorite images over this past year. Brighten up your day at home or in your office with this calendar!

My friends at LULU are publishing it for me.  Click here to purchase it.  Every purchase helps keep this site running.  Thanks!

 Cover

Where the Buffalo Roam - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge – Where the Buffalo Roam – ©2011 Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

January:

Windblown Summit - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge – Windblown Summit – ©2011 Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

February:

Valley of the Ten Peaks - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge – Valley of the Ten Peaks – ©2011 Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

March:

Textures of the Night - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge – Textures of the Night – ©2011 Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

April:

Observing the Milky Way - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge – Observing the Milky Way – ©2011 Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

 

May:

Impressionist's Oxbow - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge – Impressionist’s Oxbow – ©2011 Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

June:

Herbert Lake - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge – Herbert Lake – ©2011 Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

July:

Sunflower Sunset - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge – Sunflower Sunset – ©2011 Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

 August:

Into the Forest - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge – Into the Forest – ©2011 Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

September:

Book Cliffs - Mesa, County, Colorado - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge – Book Cliffs – Mesa, County, Colorado – ©2011 Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

October:

Mount Silverheels and a stand of aspens viewed from Boreas Pass

Click to Enlarge – Mount Silverheels and a stand of aspens. ©2011 Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

November:

Crystal Mill - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge – Crystal Mill – ©2011 Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

December:

Vermillion Lakes - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge – Vermillion Lakes – ©2011 Rick Louie Photography – All Rights Reserved.

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My Town Tuesday – Denver, Colorado

I’ve taken this shot many times before.  I think the only thing different is now there isn’t the Qwest logo brightening the skyline.  The Century Link Logo now shines upon the city.  Anyway, it’s a My Town Tuesday theme today and here is Denver, Colorado in its Friday Evening Glory.

This evening I decided to do a vertical panorama of the city.  This image on my blog is a small version of the 6 image panorama.  

Be sure to click on the image and see the full-blown full resolution panorama.

Denver, Colorado Skyline - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Waterfall Wednesday!

This week a couple of the other photo bloggers, Curt Fleenor and Heath O’Fee  put out some images of waterfalls and flowing creeks so I had to process one of my images of this small hidden hillside creek we stumbled upon in Banff. Thanks to my friend Wil Bloodworth for spotting this hillside creek.  It’s such an amazing place!

Heath’s image is from this same hillside creek so it was nice to see his vision as he hiked up the hill to capture this magical place.  It was the most amazing place with about 5-6 scenes in the first within about 25 yards of the entrance to this creek and the further up you went on this hillside the more amazing the scenes became.  It was all covered by tall foliage and I literally could have spent the whole day shooting this hillside creek.

This trip to Banff I rented a Canon 24mm tilt-shift lens.  It was a series 1 lens, but I got it at a good price from Camren here in town for the week-long trip.  The series 1 lens has its limitations, but it gave me the opportunity to play with a ts-e lens and understand how it works allow me to try the lens to see if I really wanted one.  A tilt-shift lens is great for landscapes, architecture and product imaging.  It allows you to capture the full scene or product without the distortion of lines you would get from a wide-angle lens.  The use of a tilt-shift lens also allows you to create seamless panoramas without having to adjust for distortion in shots from moving rotating your camera from left to right in capturing a scene.  You literally can shift the lens from left to right and capture the panorama and the camera never moves.  This waterfall scene I just adjusted the lens down a couple of degrees which brought the top of the scene closer allowing for what looks like a flat focal plane.  It’s as if the trees leaning away from you all of sudden get tilted back toward the lens and look straight up and down.  This allows you to increase your aperture and still have the full scene in focus with less diffraction. One note I learned on this trip was when taking pictures of water is to use a circular polarizer. It really reduces the light created by the water and reduces the glare in the scene.

This first image is a panorama stitch of the scene.  I created the scene by shifting the lens from left to right.  The series 1 had some vignetting on the upper edges, so I cropped a little off to get rid of the vignette.  This second image is the standalone center image. I prefer the first, but let me know your thoughts. I like the fact that you can see some of the left and right edge detail of the scene.

Hillside Waterfall - Banff, Alberta, Canada ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Banff Waterfall - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge - Banff Waterfall - ©2011 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Smoke Signals

Today is another panorama from Grand Teton National Park.  This panorama is from Hedrick Pond Overlook.  Hedrick Pond is the deep blue pond on the left center of this scene below Grand Teton.  It’s such a spectacular view.  This particular day, the clouds just looked like puffs of smoke in the sky as if someone had put up some smoke signals. One person with me said it looked like cotton candy.  I think we both agreed it was beautiful.  It was just a perfect day enjoying the sunshine and a chance just to take in the beauty of Grand Teton National Park.

Hedrick Pond Overlook - ©Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

Click to Enlarge - Hedrick Pond Overlook - ©Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.

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Teton Mountain Range

Today I’m giving you a large panoramic perspective of Grand Teton National Park.  This panorama is the view from back terrace at Jackson Lake Lodge overlooking the park.  It’s a magnificent 180˚ view over the Willow Flats area to the Teton Range with the Mount Moran and Skillet Glacier being the largest peaks in this range.  If you ever go to Grand Teton National Park this is one place you must not miss.  The view is spectacular!

Teton Mountain Range - ©Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved

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Capture Notes:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 L USM
  • ISO: 125
  • Focal Length:  55mm
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Shutter Speed: 1/800 sec.
  • Post Processing: Aperture – Apple® to Adobe Photoshop format, PhotoMerge, sized for web.


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