Sossus Vlei Region, Namib Desert
Sunrise over the Masai Mara.
Zebras feeding in tall grass, Masai Mara.
Panorama image composed in PS CS3 from 3 original RAW pictures.
No alteration was done to this picture (adding or removing any elements). Several
people have already asked me if heads, talis or zebra bodies were removed or added.
The key was knowing what you are after, patience and a key "eye" for composition. As
important is to take several exposures and you will likely end up with a few to choose
to compose your panorama. WHen you have moving subjects, the sequence have to be
"fast", after which, you can repeat the sequence from the beginning all over again. Each
sequence is considered as "ONE" picture. I tend to overlap my exposures around 50% or
even more at times, which is a lot more than recommended since most of the time I do not
have the time and luxury to check for perfectly leveled horizons or whether I am using the
optically recommended lens, etc. I have to use what it is available when the opportunity
presents or else there would be NO picture at all.
I have found that using PS masking technique gives me the most control over details
in all aspects of stitching images, and after being doing it now for last few years, I can
do them rather fast and with gerat results. My prints, as large as 3 by 10 and 12 feet
in size, the images blend flawlessly and no one can identify the areas where images have
blend with each other.
Feb. 13, 2004
PANORAMA COMPOSITE of a Kopje
Kopjes are large scattered rocks or boulders found scattered throught the Serengeti plain.
Kopjes are very different from the surrounding grassland or woodland in Serengeti. Kopjes provide, among other things, protection from grass-fires, more water in the ground around them, holes, cracks, and caves for animals, and a vantage point for hunters of all kinds. Hundreds of species of plants grow on kopjes, but not in the surrounding grasslands. There are many animal species that only live on kopjes because of the special plants that grow there and because of the special rocky habitats and hiding places there. These animals range from insects, lizards, and snakes, to mammals such as shrews and mice, up to large specialist mammals, such as lions. Lions regularly hide their cubs on kopjes, as do cheetahs.
Below the layers of volcanic rock and ash that form the soil of Serengeti is a thick layer of extremely old metamorphic rock. Late in the Precambrian, a giant bubble of liquid granite forced its way up from the liquid layers below the Earth's crust and into the Tanganyika Shield. Today, as the softer metamorphic rocks of the Shield wear away, the uneven top of the granite layer is exposed, forming kopjes. The granite is cracked by the repeated heating and cooling under the African sun, and weathered into interesting shapes by the wind. Most kopjes are round or have round boulders on them due to "spherical weathering".
An interesting mammal exclusive to the kopjes is the Rock Hyrax, or Pimbi in Swahili. Hyraxes, which are about the size and shape of a rugby or football, are herbivores that eat grass and herbs around the kopjes. Their piercing call echoes out at night, and their habit of using common toilet sites stains the granite white with built-up uric acid. Hyraxes have the startling habit or leaping out of tall trees and off of rocks and running away on their short legs when they feel threatened. It can be quite surprising to discover that it is suddenly raining fat little Pimbis all around you.
If a person is lucky, they might see the shy klip-springer, a small antelope, with dainty hooves perched high on a kopje in the northern areas of the park. These same high points are used by hunters to survey the ground around them, or just have a nap in the sun. Kopjes are one of the best places to see lions and sometimes cheetahs on the hunt.
Sunset at Melchor Island
This is a cropped version of an original panorama composed from 12 images.
About 20% of the picture from the right side was cropped before uploading it
to pBase. It was created in PS.