Fence in Autumn

Posted by
karla (Omaha, United States) on 23 October 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I have not managed to do a panorama before this one, at least not one that looked acceptable. This is three images stitched together using Photoshop CS5. I was surprised how well it worked, thinking it would require finessing where the edges joined, but none was needed. I also did not know which category to choose for this, so it is in Plants & Nature--if anyone has a suggestion, I would appreciate hearing. The fence is along the back yard. The structure is the garage. The gate post to the left of the gate is where the yellow leaf image, from a couple of posts ago, was taken, only on the inside of the yard. This is how it all looked on Sept 29, which is definitely not what it looks like now, considering that Fall has presented us with frosty nights and chilly days.

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Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Love the extreme landscape format and the late summer color palette.
That place looks like heaven to me!

23 Oct 2011 9:24am

@Arnd: :)) It is a bit of heaven, certainly heaven-sent, since I do little except weed and admire. Sometimes I admire the weeds! I find interesting things in there, if I go out and look around quietly. Every year it is slightly different. The array of flowers changes a bit each year.

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

What a gorgeous garden!!!! You are an accomplished gardener. Congratulations on doing a panorama that looks flawless.

23 Oct 2011 12:21pm

@Anita: Nature tends the garden much more than I. :) I have planted, but the end result is not necessarily what I expected. The unexpected is what makes gardening both fun and a bit of a challenge. All of it is worthwhile! What I found most useful is to research a few appropriate plants, try them, then try others that are similar. When we moved here, I had to learn that gardening west of the Missouri was different because of the climate. That is when I started looking for native varieties that would work. It's been a long, slow and enjoyable journey.

Twojays from United States

How clever and beautiful. Great frame, Karla. I like the cropping to a low wide rectangle, which is an interesting enclosed focus like effect for many scenes. You do this often. A style.

23 Oct 2011 5:02pm

@Twojays: Wow, a style? I have wondered whether I have one. Occasionally I might glimpse a bit of one, then it seems to veer tangentially. Guess it might show up more if I continue to play with the camera. Thanks for a lovely and thought-provoking comment. I did have fun with the idea of panorama. It's a nice way to get more into the frame! ;)

franz from Baden, Austria

what a magnificent looking and very bucolic place, karla! i like the way you composed and cropped this image, and i like the many details i can explore here ...

25 Oct 2011 9:30pm

@franz: Thanks, Franz. It was a sudden realization that I could try the panorama effect here, using three images. I love this fence...I am also facing having it replaced because it is old and in a couple of places the posts are weakening. I hope I can find someone to replace it exactly.

Maria from California, United States

Now, this is so beautiful...
what a beautiful property and capture...and yes, indeed...I like your wide crop, too...very stylish ...yes...you have a style!
and this is your property? wow..how nice this is...you are very fortunate to live in a place like this, you certainly did a wonderful job designing and maintaining this lovely fence and yard...and moreover, taking this picture.

26 Oct 2011 3:51am

@Maria: Maria, thank you so very much! It is interesting that others can see a style and I am still looking for it. ;) Maybe that is the value in taking lots of photos and then choosing the ones to post, and then looking at t he group of them. As for the garden, we are indeed fortunate to be in this little house. We have lived here since 1973--it was more of a fixer-upper (still is, for those who understand the upkeep of an old house!). When we moved in there was little vegetation around the house, not even much lawn, since the previous owners had seven children who liked to play outside. Over the years, our own children grew, and eventually the little yard turned into a bit of gardening oasis for my own use. The birds and insects seem to like it. That is why I garden--to provide a bit of a haven for them in an urban environment. Seems that garden spots, no matter how small or large, may eventually be necessary for many of the smaller species, while their native areas are plowed and/or built upon.

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

Is this your garden? It's beauitful. An excellent panorama. Beautiful colors and detail

27 Oct 2011 8:38am

@Anina Botes: Yes, that is mine. Every year it looks a little different, depending on rainfall and how the plants prefer to grow. Thanks for your comment and visit, Anina!

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

This is lovely, Karla. How nice to be able to spend time here. I have not tried to do a stitch in CS5 yet, but if you say it works well, I really must try one sometime. Did you shoot the three images from a tripod?

27 Oct 2011 9:35am

@Julie L. Brown: Hi Julie! The yard is rather small as yards go--feet not acres---and I love it and all the changes it presents through the seasons. This is probably the second time I tried a panorama, and the series of three images I used for this one worked out really well. I was surprised how easy it was, although there are some choices I need to explore more. I wondered if increased detail helps hide the join areas, or if this CS5 version of Photomerge works better (as has been reported) than previous versions. I did not use a tripod for these, as it was "impulse shooting"! ;) I am sure a tripod is recommended. For my in-the-moment trial, hand-held was a good beginning. Just hold steady and swivel evenly. Very important is to make sure the overlapping areas are at least 1/4 to 1/3.