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« on: August 13, 2006, 09:50:24 PM »

Dear all,

After sorting a few technical problems with Photosig, here is finally the image I have been trying to post...

http://www.photosig.com/go/photos/view?id=1807951&forward=

Comments most welcome.

Cheers,
Bernard
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2006, 11:26:41 PM »

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Dear all,

After sorting a few technical problems with Photosig, here is finally the image I have been trying to post...

http://www.photosig.com/go/photos/view?id=1807951&forward=

Comments most welcome.

Cheers,
Bernard
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That is truly stunning, Bernard. Thanks for sharing it.

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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2006, 01:33:52 AM »

Thanks for your kind words Eric.

Cheers,
Bernard from melting hot Tokyo
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2006, 08:08:54 AM »

vraiment de toute beaute bernard. cette photo, imprimee, ca doit etre un "show-stopper". ca donne certainement le gout d'aller visiter cette partie du pays.

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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2006, 09:27:20 AM »

My head is about to burst with envy. All those great locations in Japan you visit! Perhaps I am lacking dedication after all. Last photo trip I made was to the center of Tokyo, by subway...

40 images stitched, layered and what more... very nice. I am really curious to see what a good sized print of a photo like this looks like (never actually witnessed that). No exhibitions in the near future?

One honest question: what was there below this frame that you decided to trade in for that top bit of sky? The green is so cool and pleasant, there could always be more in the pic for what I'm concerned. No griping about your choice of framing though, just interested.
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Great stuff and inspiring.

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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2006, 09:39:49 AM »

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vraiment de toute beaute bernard. cette photo, imprimee, ca doit etre un "show-stopper". ca donne certainement le gout d'aller visiter cette partie du pays.

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Merci Amnon,

Comme toujours, bcp de chances avec les conditions, et ensuite quelques trucs de base.

Cordialement,
Bernard
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2006, 09:45:08 AM »

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40 images stitched, layered and what more... very nice. I am really curious to see what a good sized print of a photo like this looks like (never actually witnessed that). No exhibitions in the near future?
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Thanks a lot for the kind words.  No exhibition planned, I don't think anyone would want to show that...

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One honest question: what was there below this frame that you decided to trade in for that top bit of sky? The green is so cool and pleasant, there could always be more in the pic for what I'm concerned. No griping about your choice of framing though, just interested.
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Under this frame? More green grass basically. It might have been good to use more of that, but there were various technical constraints, including me not being completely awake yet at 4:00 AM after a night in the tent.

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Bernard
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2006, 08:01:54 PM »

Absolutely gorgeous!  A landscape worthy of Tolkien.

You must have worked fast and well to capture all 40 source images before the scene changed.

Congratulations on a spectacular artistic and technical achievement.

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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2006, 01:12:14 PM »

Yet another "absolutely gorgeous" comment.  

The stitching is impressive, too.

Lisa

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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2006, 07:24:20 PM »

Hi Bernard,

I rarely comment on images, but this is simply stunning. I'd LOVE to see a 50" print of this. I'm sure you'll have fun doing just that.  

Kind regards,

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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2006, 08:14:03 PM »

Superb photograph, Bernard. Congratulations.

Best regards,

Mark
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« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2006, 08:18:45 PM »

Bernard,

Looking closely leads one to wonder a bit how it was done so well. With the need to make 40 captures at that time of the day when the illumination changes quickly, you either made the captures very quickly, or had superb software for equilibrating the luminosity. Also, the stitching should have been quite a challenge because in large expanses of this image the "points de repere" are not quite "soit-evident".

Cheers,

Mark
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« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2006, 06:03:05 AM »

Dear all,

Thanks a lot for your kind comments. I was out shooting 4 days in the Japanese alps (4*5 this time  ) and only got back in town this evening.

There really isn't anything secret about the way this was shot. It was already light enough that the shutter speed was fast enough to be able to take many images in a short amount of time.

I took 3 to 5 images at each angle (-1, 0, +1 and some hiding the sun to avoid flare). I must have taken less than 2 minutes to shoot all the images. Luck comes in through the fact that I didn't forget to take any of these although it was only 4:10 AM.

The post processing was a lot trickier since I tried this time to prepare the images in PS before sending them to PTgui. At each angle I superposed the lighest and darkest image and applied a hand edited gradient between these 2.

This alone wasn't enough since the sky got way too dark in the left part of the image. I decided to simulate a stitch in PS by positioning the images approximately. I did then apply a second left to right gradient in multiply mode to increase the weight of the lighter image towards the left end of the image. Finally, I had to copy parts of that mask back to the individual images.

PTgui did hence a great job at making this look pretty seemless. I had to play a bit with the control points, but that part didn't take too much time compared to the PS work.

Hope that it helps,

Cheers,
Bernard
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« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2006, 09:17:31 AM »

Bernard,

Many thanks for those technical insights - alot of proficiency here, and it paid off handsomely.

Cheers,

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« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2006, 09:00:42 PM »

Quote from: BernardLanguillier,Aug 13 2006, 09:50 PM
Dear all,

After sorting a few technical problems with Photosig, here is finally the image I have been trying to post...

http://www.photosig.com/go/photos/view?id=1807951&forward=

Comments most welcome.

Cheers,
Bernard
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gorgeous picture! a bit to much "centered" composition for my taste, I mean vertical and horizontal, golden rule? 5>3>8 , just a comment
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« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2006, 10:12:37 PM »

Simply stunning - you should be rightly proud of this image.

...and I agree with what a previous poster said - you really should exhibit some of your work.  I for one would come and see it, I'd love to see what this image and the one you did of the Great Wall would look like printed big.
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« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2006, 04:25:16 AM »

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Simply stunning - you should be rightly proud of this image.

...and I agree with what a previous poster said - you really should exhibit some of your work.  I for one would come and see it, I'd love to see what this image and the one you did of the Great Wall would look like printed big.
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Very kind of you, thanks.

I might have the chance to exhibit a few images late 06/early 07 somewhere in Tokyo.

Cheers,
Bernard
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« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2006, 04:47:02 AM »

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Simply stunning - you should be rightly proud of this image.

...and I agree with what a previous poster said - you really should exhibit some of your work.  I for one would come and see it, I'd love to see what this image and the one you did of the Great Wall would look like printed big.
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Another wonderful image Bernard.

That Great Wall image is mentioned again   Many of us remember it fondly. One of my absolute favourites!

All the best with your exhibition plans.

Julie
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« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2006, 05:41:38 AM »

If you do exhibit, please let us know.  I'm often in Tokyo and would love to see it.
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