Gorillas trees in the mist

Some days it feels like there are monsters hiding in the shadows just waiting to pounce

On a lonely drive across the hills of Comboyne , through many muddy roads and intermittent rains showers I noticed this small tree perched on the hill. It looked so vulnerable sitting there almost encased in the fog with the large trees looming behind, seemingly wanting to take its place on the ridge.

Only moments after taking the picture(s) the ridge and tree disappeared and the rain caught up with me…

This image is a panoramic image made from 3 frames, something I learnt with this image and scene was that when +Adobe Photoshop (or i guess any other stitching software) attempts to stitch the and blend the frames its does a good job except it never quite gets the blending right in that pea-soup grey area and results in banding, not particularly evident until contrast is added. It kind of makes sense , blending a gradients would be quite tricky. Thus a future note – I am not sure how to avoid it, but in teh post processing one thing that minimises the telltale signs of it is to locally reduce the clarity or midtone contrast in the banding area.

Exif love:
D750 coupled with 300mm f4 @ 300mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 1/500s
ISO 250
out front – a ridge, a farm, a tree and some fog πŸ™‚


41 thoughts on “Gorillas trees in the mist

  1. +Gerard Blacklock​Awesome moody image mate! Don't know how to avoid the banding issue. I figured setting shutter speed, aperture, wb etc manually (along with manual focus) would do the trick. Have you checked the wb of each shot? I took a series of night shots that i just stitched (hope to post soon) and noticed slight wb variations (colour temp) in each due to auto wb setting. Adjusted each image to the same colour temp in LR. Haven't noticed any banding though it is dark blue sky rather than grey!

  2. Herding cows… sure why not – anything for the shot right πŸ™‚ +Kitten KaboodleInc +Gerard Blacklock … and did someone say PIZZA!!!!
    Gerry – I too have used the localised negative clarity, negative contrast trick (and sometimes adding noise reduction as well helps) to overcome some pano stitching banding – I sometimes see it in subtle pastel skies stitches as well

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