Sometimes the sun is relentless, heat is oppressive, but today, the fear of wind-whipped fires is no joke. In SoCal it has been a dry summer and fires are raging, not just nearby, but up north. We were awakened this morning to phone calls of closing of schools and potential power shut-offs to prevent further fires. The winds could blow sparks and ignite fires miles away. Let us hope things don’t get to the point of being evacuated – which we have been fortunate to avoid thus far over the years – but off I go in a bit to clean up and to begin sorting out what to take. The wind is about 30-70 mph, depending on where you are, but it is strong enough here, and so filled with dust and ash, that all the windows are closed. The wind I so love is now an enemy.
Panoramas allow me to capture the grandeur the vast outdoors has . . .
There are a number of different programs which do panos, one being a leap from Lightroom to the pano functions of Photoshop, MS ICE (image composition editor), and so on.
Most people do panos in digital. I like to do it with film, too, as it is a bit of a challenge – and it requires a bit of thought . . . after all, there is only so much film, far less than the room on an SD card!
And here we are: A 5-image pano of the poppy fields at the California Poppy Reserve last March, in the 50mph winds. The middle of the image doesn’t look too bad when smallish, but if you click on it twice, you will see a lot of blur in the center. Not a fab job, but the job it does is there – it shows you the stunning beauty of the fields. With less wind, the picture would have been a lot more successful.