Thursday, June 29, 2006

Arizona Trip

This is one of my favorite images I took from my trip with Lan to Arizona. This is a panoramic image of the Grand Canyon. I photographed this with the Canon 24mm TSE (Tilt/Sift) lens. This lens was designed for architectural photography to straighten lines and reduce keystoning. However, it's also an ideal lens for panoramic photography as it shift the 24mm lens left and right without parallax effect. It's nice and flat so there's no distortion. The only draw back is that it's manual focus lens. It's really not that big of a deal as most of these panoramic images are focus set to infinity. This lens is so portable, I actually hand held these two images without a tripod. I photographed it in raw format and export it out to jpg. I then stitched these 2 jpg images in Photoshop's Photomerge. Photoshop did the rest. I like this photo so much, it's going to be the banner of this photo blog.

Here's another panoramic image of the Grand Canyon, a little bit further down the South Rim. you can actually see Indian Garden Campsite which is about halfway down to the Canyon floor. I camped there for a couple of nights back in 1997.

Here's a panoramic photo taken at the crack of dawn at the Monument Valley in Utah.