Pano: 象鼻峰青雲洞 (象鼻峰青云洞 “Elephant Trunk Peak Green Cloud Cave”) / 山東省泰安市泰山 (山东省泰安市泰山 Mount Tai, Tai’an City, Shandong Province) / 中國旅遊 中国旅游 China Tourism / SML.20121011.7D.09602-09605.Pano.BW

A few nice China import china images I found:

Pano: 象鼻峰青雲洞 (象鼻峰青云洞 “Elephant Trunk Peak Green Cloud Cave”) / 山東省泰安市泰山 (山东省泰安市泰山 Mount Tai, Tai’an City, Shandong Province) / 中國旅遊 中国旅游 China Tourism / SML.20121011.7D.09602-09605.Pano.BW

Image by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML
+ Left: 青雲洞 (青云洞 “Green Cloud Cave”)
+ Right: 象鼻峰 (象鼻峰 “Elephant Trunk Peak”)
+ Center: 泰安市 (泰安市 The city of Tai’an) in 山東省 (山东省 Shandong Province), 中國 (中国 China).

Pano photography is always challenging to crop because often you will need to decide which parts are more interesting and which part can be taken out because the rendered image is often not in rectangular form. As usual, processing the same image in black and white afforded much more room for creative freedom.

# SML Workflow

The different versions use a different pano distortion adjustment algorithm so dimension varies.

## Color version
+ Adobe Lightroom 4: 7D RAW to 16-bit ProRGB TIF
+ Adobe Photoshop CS6: Pano stitched + USM adjustments
+ Adobe Lightroom 4: final correction + metadata tag + sRGB output to Flickr

Color version: 10524 x 2955
www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/8354397056/
www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/8354397056/sizes/o/

## Black and white
+ Opened color layered file into Photoshop
+ Adjust Black and White via manual colour filters
+ Apply resulting image with a small amount (~20%) of large-radius USM and set layer to Soft Light (I use this technique a lot to give some “clarity” to the image without over-sharpening things)
+ China Import back into Lightroom 4 and use Manual Distortion to “wrap” image further in order to extract more bits in the originally pano’d photo which was in an arch

Black and white version: 10101 x 2352
www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/8356246935/
www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/8356246935/sizes/o/

# SML Data
+ SML.20121011.7D.09602 / ISO 100 – 35mm – f/2.8 – 1/1250 sec
+ SML.20121011.7D.09603 / ISO 100 – 35mm – f/2.8 – 1/800 sec
+ SML.20121011.7D.09604 / ISO 100 – 35mm – f/2.8 – 1/1250 sec
+ SML.20121011.7D.09605 / ISO 100 – 35mm – f/2.8 – 1/800 sec
+ Date: 2012-10-11 10:20:43 GMT +0800
+ Dimensions: 10101 x 2352
+ Flash: Did not fire
+ Camera: Canon EOS 7D
+ Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
+ GPS: 36°14’22" N 117°4’58" E (approximate. No GPS unit available)

Pano: 象鼻峰青雲洞 (象鼻峰青云洞 “Elephant Trunk Peak Green Cloud Cave”) / 山東省泰安市泰山 (山东省泰安市泰山 Mount Tai, Tai’an City, Shandong Province) / 中國旅遊 中国旅游 China Tourism / SML.20121011.7D.09602-09605.Pano.BW.ChinaTourism.Shandong.MountTai

#china #landscape #photography #ccby #smlphotography #smluniverse

Flowers on the beach

Image by Swamibu
View large Explore #170
Some of the prettiest flowers sitting just short of the beach near the rocks.

Lantana is a genus of about 150 species of perennial flowering plants, native to tropical regions of the Americas, Africa and existing as an China imported plant in numerous areas, especially in the Australian-Pacific region. Lantana’s aromatic flower clusters (called umbels) are a mix of red, orange, yellow, or blue and white florets.

Though the stems even of larger Lantanas are thin, the wood is very tough and durable and thus useful for various handicrafts such as wickerwork. The Soliga of Karnataka (India) are nowadays utilizing Lantana in their wickercraft.

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