Silk Purse out of a Sow’s Ear

Mt Charleston Panorama with Clouds

Mt. Charleston near Las Vegas, Nevada USA.


Yesterday I told you all the reasons this pano was bad. Just for practice I decided to add some clouds to the sky. Using PS6 I chose another photo taken in Nevada that had a cloudy sky, cut out the clouds, pasted them into a new photo, resized them to fit in the pano and then added them to the pano. No other changes were made to the photo.

The result is a bad pano, with good clouds. The mountains feel more majestic to me with the clouds, but in the end the photo is no good since nothing is in focus.
"Storm Clouds Moving In" The Sun was still lighting this side of a portion of the mountains near Mt. Charleston in Nevada, USA.

“Storm Clouds Moving In”

The Sun was still lighting this side of a portion of the mountains near Mt. Charleston in Nevada, USA.


“Storm Clouds Moving In” is a little better. The exposure is showing off the clouds (that were not added in PS). There is nice depth to the photo and the peak in the middle adds some interest. It’s still not in focus though, for the same reasons I mentioned yesterday. This might a good time to learn more about hyperfocal distance and how to use it properly.

~ Daniel Kmiecik

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