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fault line | hdr panorama [explore + front page]

The Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir in San Mateo, California sits in a valley formed by the San Andreas Fault. More info here.


In case you're interested, I've mapped the exact location where I was standing. If you click on the map view and then choose the "hybrid" view then zoom in, you get a different (but very recognizable) perspective on the features depicted.


I started with 5 sets of 3 vertical bracketed exposures, which I processed in Photomatix Pro, resulting in 5 vertical images. The 5 vertical images were then stitched together in Photoshop to form a panorama. After a bit of transforming and a lot of spot adjustments, I added a border with BorderFX and voila, this is the result.


This is the first panorama like this that I've done, and I've already figured out a few things I would do differently. For instance, I would probably take sets of 7 slices across, and in 2 bands - one below the horizon and one above (wow, that's a lot of churning, even for my MacBook Pro). I also need to make sure that I'm even off the center pivot, meaning that if the sunset is dead-center, I need to shoot an even number of sets of bracketed vertical exposures to the left and to the right. Shooting more in either direction produces somewhat severe skewing when the images are stitched in photoshop, which means having to transform (which I would rather not have to do). If you compare this with my upload from a few days ago (link), you'll notice this is much less saturated. I think that may make this more palatable to some HDR fence-sitters. Personally, I like both. My previous HDR was intended to be more saturated and vibrant to go with the shot's theme.


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Taken on January 24, 2012