Drema Swader  

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May 2022 - Untitled

May 2022 - Drema Swader


May 2022 - Drema Swader

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About the Image(s)

This image was a 2 panel panorama taken last year near Canyonlands National Park in Utah. It was taken at sunrise in an area near the Mars Desert Research Station. We were standing at the top of the bluff in the center of the picture and you can see our tiny cars parked there. The image was taken with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro. The image was stitched and processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.

The exif data includes the following:
Shutter speed: 1/120 and 1/200 sec
0 EV
Focal length: 10.26mm
ISO 100
The exif data includes an altitude of 5288.7', but I'm not sure the altitude of the ground there in Utah (I guess the DJI Mavic 2 Pro does not store the height above ground level)

12 comments posted

Don Stouder   Don Stouder
Hi Drema,

I love the saturation and contrast of your final image. As I view the image, I see it as an exception to having you main subjects fall near the intersection of the vertical and horizontal lines of the rule of thirds. You choose to use the upper and lower horizontal gris lines to separate the two main areas of interest.

When I look at the two originals that were used to create the panorama, I do not see it. To me, it looks like you created the bottom original. What am I missing here?

But, however you did it, you ended up with a beautiful result.   Posted: 05/01/2022 18:45:33
Drema Swader   Drema Swader
Thanks for your comment, Don. I'm not sure I understand what you are asking. When you say you "do not see it" I don't know what it is you are not seeing. You don't see where I got the bottom of the picture? Original #1 has quite a bit at the bottom, in fact, I cropped some of it off after I had stitched the two images together.   Posted: 05/01/2022 21:38:48
Don Stouder   Don Stouder
I guess it is just me. To me, your final image looks like an enhanced Original 2. Oh well, as I said I like the result. :-)   Posted: 05/02/2022 09:25:27
Drema Swader   Drema Swader
You are correct in that it is not much more than the enhanced original 2, but there is a little more at the bottom. Funny that I did the vertical panorama in order to get more of the bottom, and then in the end I cropped most of it away anyway! Ha ha!   Posted: 05/02/2022 11:00:02
Don Stouder   Don Stouder
For me at least, it is hard to make that detailed of judgement while you are flying. I need to try making vertical and horizontal two-pic panos to get the right composition.   Posted: 05/02/2022 12:01:53
Drema Swader   Drema Swader
Yes, I agree it is sometimes hard to make that quick of a judgment about the composition while flying, so I tend to overcompensate and move the camera up and down and back and forth to capture more of the area. We can always modify the original composition in post!   Posted: 05/02/2022 12:33:09

Pete Scifres   Pete Scifres

In post maybe darken the sky above and just right of the closer mesa to make the sky appear more balanced?   Posted: 05/01/2022 21:18:28
Drema Swader   Drema Swader
Thanks, Pete. Do you think this helps? I darkened the sky a little bit above the far-away butte, but I'm not sure it looks better. You can see where the sun is reflecting on the sand beneath the butte, and I thought the sky lit up a little brighter there added to the sunrise effect. What do you think?   Posted: 05/02/2022 10:57:12
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Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Beautiful landscape image Drema. I see how you did the panorama, I think that you handled it very well. I love the composition, my eye flows right into the image. Personally I like how the closer mesa stands out, I think it gives the eye a good place to rest.   Posted: 05/02/2022 08:08:46
Drema Swader   Drema Swader
Thank you, Lou!   Posted: 05/02/2022 11:01:09

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
Impressive photo and impressive place. I like the darker sky as you did it for Peter. From color point of view to me it is slightly overdone - at least compared to the original.   Posted: 05/11/2022 09:06:34
Drema Swader   Drema Swader
Thanks for the comment, Janos. I think the originals were quite flat, and perhaps the finished image looks overdone, but that's what it looked like when we were out shooting that morning. I modified it to look more like what I saw, not what the camera captured. The sunrise was quite amazing on those rocks and sand!   Posted: 05/11/2022 11:57:37


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