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Peaking Through | by Pat Kavanagh
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Peaking Through

Here are some of the mountain peaks near Banff, Alberta, Canada. It was a wee bit windy on this day with snow blowing around on the peaks.

 

I thought that a nice pano was in order and took 6 images here, stitched together.

 

I moved to Alberta from Ontario when I was in my early 20's and instantly fell in love with the mountains. Every chance I get to look at my mountains, I do.

 

EDITING;

I spent at least 7 hours on this image. There was plenty of experimenting with it ending up with me stopping an starting it a few times.

 

I wanted the trees on the side of the mountain to be sharp and detailed. So, I put the image through "High Pass" sharpening and in the end, high pass did nothing more than add odd shaped artifacts.

 

THE ANSWER TO MY PROBLEM WAS THE "TEXTURE" SLIDER IN PHOTOSHOP.

 

This image does not have any sharpening on it.....zero. All of the details come from targeted contrast adjustments.

 

The Texture slider works on those fine contrast variations such as the trees. The result is not pixels being sharpened but fine contrast separating like parts of the image. One tree next to another will result in separation due to contrast.

 

On an image like this is works amazingly well, on other images maybe not so much.

 

Zoom in close on this image to see the details. The original image size is 69"x16".

 

 

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Uploaded on February 22, 2021