Lake Taal (and its volcano) near Alfonso in the Philippines
And a Panoramic of the volcano:
I like this shot, and I’ve chosen it as one of my “weekly pics” on my blog, but I have to say, I really dislike your watermark I’m afraid. I think it’s too large, the colour is a distraction, and the bezel/shadow makes it look amateurish.
That is my own personal taste of course. However I suggest having a think about it and ask yourself why you use it. If it’s to prevent theft, then a larger one covering more of the image, but only 10% or so opaque might be better. If it’s just for use as credit, then I think it should be smaller and less obtrusive.
Please feel free to ignore my suggestions if you are happy with it as it 🙂
That got me to thinking about what the watermark I use on the Flickr site is for? As I’m sure you know I watermark all of my Flickr photos, but why do I do it? I guess there are a couple of possible reasons:
It seems to me that I am accomplishing neither of my goals and at the same time I am affecting the viewer experience.
Another interesting note is that Neil uses a watermark in his photos (small and to the right of the photo), so I would suggest that he dosen’t have an issue with watermarks in principle.
My question to you all is this: what is your opinion of watermarking photos? Do you like them, do you use them, do you think they work (for any purpose)?
I’m not sure what I’m going to do in the future. I currently have about 50 or so photos in the upload queue that are watermarked, so I doubt I will re-process them. For new photos, perhaps I will forgo watermarking them (it will certainly reduce the processing time required!) and see how it goes.
As many will know, I enjoy taking Panoramics and HDR though I rarely combine the two and this is why…
First the finished product:
I started with 23 files at 3 different stops (-1EV, 0EV & +1EV) that’s 69 files in total, each around 6MB
I first tried to stitch the three stops separately using Photoshop (under automate and photomerge). Boy was this a mistake. If you use Photoshop to merge many files the results are not consistent each time you run it. This meant that no file matched another, which makes HDR practically impossible.
I tried many iterations (each one takes around an hour to process BTW) including:
After about 2 days of trying to get something that I could HDR I gave up on this method. I decided to try three new ways of producing the HDR pan
The third option took a long time, but I think it worked. In the end I had a 12163×6069 pixel HDR Panoramic of Battersea Power station (over a GB in size). After a bit of cropping and compression the final image I now have a 92266×4959 4.6MB file. Here is a slightly smaller version:
I stopped off in Hong Kong on my way to the Philippines this year. It was the second time that I have been to the island and as ever, the architecture of the place is brilliant!
To start you off slowly, here are some pictures from Kowloon.
An Olympic display with the Hong Kong Island in the background:
The Olympic rings:
Detail of one of the building walls:
The Eiserman Domain is Stephen Fry proof thanks to caching by WP Super Cache