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Kingsland Point Park Sunset

I visited Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow, NY last week to work on a Scenic Hudson project, and sensing some good photo opportunities, decided to stay until sunset. "Decided" is the key word because it was rather cold (mid 20's), and after a few hours of being outside during the day, I was very tempted to seek a warmer…

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Lightroom Plugins

Borders and watermark added using Mogrify There are some very useful plugins available for Lightroom, and I've tried a good share of them. Here are some of the ones I've been using regularly and recommend: Photographer's ToolBox: this suite of 3 plugins (Mogrify, Enfuse, Transporter) offer some great extra capabilities that I find I use quite often, including options for…

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The Best Way To Improve Your Nature Photography

< p style="text-align: center;"> Highlands Light When I first became serious about landscape photography, I read all kinds of books on the subject, both technical and aesthetic. I wanted to learn as much as I could about it, including the history of the early landscape photographers, and how they practiced their craft. I read many books on Ansel Adams alone,…

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First Snowstorm of the Season

Dennings Point Sunset We had our first major snow storm this weekend, and for me there is no better time to get out and experience winter at its best. I made the trek up to the top of Mt Beacon Saturday morning with 12" of fresh snow on the ground, and though I didn't take many photos, I did get…

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Question of the Month – Improving Panoramas

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Lake Willoughby, Vermont

This month I received a technical question from pro photographer Johnathan Esper who asked:

“How do you blend the sky so well in your stitched panoramas? I mean, when I am including sky in images, especially when using a polarizer filter, and despite all precautions including full manual control during exposure, and vignetting reduction prior to stitching, I get dark and light banding in the blue sky. I am stuck in Photoshop using clone tool, burn and dodge tool, shadow/highlight tool to all help even out the tone differences in the sky, but nothing’s perfect.”

This is a common problem with stitched images involving lots of blue skies. Stitching is the technical term for taking several photos of a scene while the camera is moved along a single axis, usually horizontally. Here are some ways to improve your panoramas…

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