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My First Panorama [20060213|08:11]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
King's Men Panorama


The King's Men stone circle at Rollright. Three photos stitched together in Tatershop, with healing brush applied to smooth out the blending, and dodge tool on the vignetting in the corners caused by the polarizing filter + widest angle setting of my zoom lens. I'm not exactly sure what the difference is between the compression algorithms used by the LJ Scrapbook and Flickr, but I much prefer the way Flickr displays reduced-size versions of the uploaded images. For comparison, here is the same image (500 x 259 pixels) uploaded to the Scrapbook. The difference in image quality is visible. WTF, mate.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-14 09:52 (UTC)
Them's is some old rocks, that's fer sure.
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From: tdj
2006-02-13 08:31 (UTC)
You must have slipped those clouds a buck or something - nice.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-14 09:55 (UTC)
Fortunately there wasn't much of a wind and the clouds were wafting slowly across the sky. I still took the pics as fast as I could though.
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From: 24db
2006-02-13 10:21 (UTC)
try autostitch...it's automatic :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-14 09:57 (UTC)
Yeah, I used the Photomerge widget thingie in Tatershop to do the initial stitching. I'm not entirely happy with the way it works, as it seems to have chopped out bits of two of the treetops. I'll try out Autostitch on virtual PC. Thanks for the tip!
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2006-02-13 10:50 (UTC)
The difference is most curious. I upload to scrapbook for convenience, but I don't use their thumbnails - I just alter the code so that they appear at true size, the size I want to display them at.

Anyway, very nice picture. I love the difference in light across it. Where is that exactly (as in, I've never heard of Rollright)?
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2006-02-13 10:51 (UTC)
Never mind - Cotswolds. I just clicked on the image. I've been, but unfortunately I didn't see that.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-14 10:00 (UTC)
Yeah, I generally create my own thumbnails too, and upload those separately into private galleries that are linked to the full-size versions. LJ seems to be pretty stingy about file sizes (as taische pointed out) and compresses the full-size versions even further.

Yeah, we were lucky that the sun popped out for us for about an hour. When we first arrived at the stones it was totally overcast, so as soon as the sun came out I did the panorama.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2006-02-13 19:50 (UTC)
That's a beautiful shot; I really like the lighting variation across the landscape. Scrapbook seems to be stingier with bandwidth- their file is about 40% smaller. I also find that results tend to vary widely when rescaling images with different programs. Adobe Photoshop, for example, seems to usually do a much better job than Corel's products at most any given compression level; I would bet similar differences exist when comparing one archiving site to the next.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-14 10:04 (UTC)
Thank you. In going back over the image, I was displeased to discover that two of the tree-tops have bites taken out of them by the automatic blending in the Photomerge widget. I'm going to have to fix that.

Scrapbook seems to be stingier with bandwidth- their file is about 40% smaller.

Aha. That must be it. Interesting note about Photoshop, too. I've never used Corel software before. It's good to know that shelling out for Adobe products pays off.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2006-02-14 01:33 (UTC)
Wow. Both to the image and the difference in compression.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-14 10:08 (UTC)
Thank you. I'm pondering whether or not to switch to Flickr for image hosting now. I don't have a pro account there and I do have 10 GB of space in the Scrapbook, but it seems pointless to host photos on the Scrapbook if it's going to make my photos all muzzy. It makes me sort of grumpy, paying for Scrapbook and having it be so stingy with bandwidth, as taische pointed out.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2006-02-14 01:59 (UTC)
looks like a painting. Love the golden glow of the setting (?) sun.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-14 10:09 (UTC)
Yes, it's setting. These were taken in late afternoon.
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[User Picture]From: omniana
2006-02-14 06:32 (UTC)
Gorgeous dahling. Like how the clouds are echoing the trees and stones. WTF indeed!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-02-14 10:16 (UTC)
I like the way you notice those sorts of connections. One of the traits of a good scientist, I think. ;-)
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