In the past year or so, the software that I use to process my photos (Lightroom3) and stitch panoramas (was PTAssembler, now PTGui) has improved dramatically. The improvement was enough to send me on a mission to re-process and re-stitch every last panoramic and mosaic photo I have ever taken. I went back in the archives to 2004 and have made it up to early 2006 and I am still not even half way through all the 20,000+ photos that make up all these panoramas. To date I have output 958 individual panoramic photos. I used to not have the processing power to stitch everything from a shoot so I would look over the masses of images and select what I thought were the best 2-3 to process and stitch. This often meant that dozens of potentially good images were never put together for consideration. With the new software and new computers I am able to stitch the good, the bad and the ugly. In doing so I have come across several dozen panoramas that I have never seen before. Here are a few gems from the latest batch of stitching.
I just recently came across a favorite photo of mine that I have never really shared with anyone. During my last year of college I spent a lot of time birding out in Titusville, Florida. On one of my trips to Black Point Wildlife Preserve I came across this scene and knew it would make a great photo one day. The day I found this scene was, unfortunately, not the most inspiring in terms of lighting. I returned week after week trying to catch the vision I had in my head. On some trips the camera would not even make it out of the bag. Then on one of my last weekly trips out to Black Point, before leaving for California, and after nearly a year of watching and waiting I hit the jackpot. The water was calm, the light was soft, the sky was colorful and I was standing on the bank of the inter-coastal with my camera waiting. I show very few photos from Florida. I started my career in photography in Florida but honed my skills out west. So this photo is for all my friends in Florida. Enjoy.