Crater Lake Panorama
|Crazy Blue Crater Lake|
In terms of the photo, I kind of jumped the gun with how I share. I normally try to share the photo on the blog and social media at the same time, but after processing the photo I was really liking it and posted to G+ and the others first. The shot is a handheld six shot panorama stitched in Photoshop Elements (usually the only time I go into Photoshop). I then went through my current workflow which is to work on exposure in Aperture, then go to +Topaz Labs for more targeted work. Because I always have noise in deep blue skies I went to DeNoise for the sky and the lake. I then masked out the rim and the foreground with the original photo to keep the detail there. I used InFocus to get some sharpening done, then my favorite tool Clarity and the Sunny - Blue Sky preset to adjust contrast and make things pop some. And then to give a final oomph to the photo I used Detail to get the textures of the rim to standout a bit more and the trees. Also, Detail is on sale with Topaz and is a great way to add creative sharpening to your photo. Check it out, and use "aprdetail" on checkout to get 50% off.
The photo turned out to be over 36 megapixels and the full size shot is 9622 x 3808, making for a pretty large print. If I print another metal panorama, I think this might be a contender.