Panorama: Burned buildings at the former George AFB

George AFB housing panorama -- by Joe Reifer

George AFB housing panorama — by Joe Reifer

This panorama of a burned area at the former George Air Force Base was taken just after sunset. My fingers were so cold that I could barely press the shutter button.  Nine hand-held vertical images were stitched together in Photoshop CS5 using the cylindrical setting in Photomerge. The tripod mounted panoramas that I took on this trip went together quite easily, but this hand-held image presented a more difficult stitching challenge for Photoshop. The yellow line in the road required multiple adjustments on layer masks and some minor use of Free Transform to line up properly. 15-20 minutes worth of work and it’s good enough for web presentation, but would the file would require more exacting work to be print ready. Had I taken this image on a tripod with a leveling base and nodal slide, the post-processing would likely have been much more straightforward. Lesson learned.

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