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Desoto Falls | by Dan Triplett Photography
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Desoto Falls

This image is actually a stitched panorama consisting of 14 photos (notice the stretched granite rock in the bottom left which had to be done to get the right crop which was actually my fault).

I stitched these using Autopano Giga 2, which is the ultimate pan tool. Take as many photos as you want (even mixed landscape and portrait) of your subject. Place them in their own folder (it also decodes RAW files). Set it to autodetect and let it work it's magic. After that, it's usually just a few minor corrections, then crop and render. Smartblend technology will correct 99% of any panning problems such as different foreground subject perspectives, lighting and exposure differences, etc.

 

This was shot at dusk on a very gloomy gray, overcast day. The sky was clipped to white, so I thought I would practice my masking techniques and add a nice blue, cloudy sky which I borrowed from the Blue Ridge Pkwy photo. As you can see, I am a Freshman in Photoshop, but I learned a bunch of cool stuff working on this - my favorite being the Content Aware Correction tool where I pulled the sky down to hide the mountains which were on the same layer.

 

Please, any Photoshop suggestions, especially masking and adding selections such as the sky would be appreciated.

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Taken on December 1, 2009