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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Stanford at Sunrise by v1rtu0so
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Stanford at Sunrise

February 24th, 2010

Panorama taken with my old manual lens. 4 images stitched together. I highly recommend the multi-monitor version. The original picture is very wide and requires 2 monitors to fully appreciate.

Canon EOS 400D, Helios 44-2 (58mm f/2), RAW, 1/80 second, stopped down to around f/11.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: Grifyn
about 4 years, 6 months ago
I voted for this in the Loupe! What a sprawling, majestic shot.
Posted By: Ferguson
about 4 years, 6 months ago
you can just see one of the radio spectroscopes to the right of the center.

And you're right, the multi-monitor is magnificent.
Posted By: Stretix
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Beautiful! Thanks for the upload!
Posted By: NateFox
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Very nice.
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Great photo, wonderful lawn and the green is just fantastic. I've never really liked the design of the Stanford buildings, to be true, but that's just my opinion....for now I'll just look at the grass...I've been right where you took this!
Posted By: bmndibb6
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Bleh - banding in the sky again.
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: v1rtu0so
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Thank you for the comments.
bmndibb6: the banding in the sky is caused by the sRGB colorspace conversion. for web viewing (most browsers except safari), I am forced to convert the picture to sRGB from adobe RGB (originally from RAW). I am not aware of any way of avoiding this. If you are knowledgeable in this area, feel free to provide me with a solution.
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 4 years, 6 months ago
@v1rtu0so, I don't think the banding is caused by colorspace conversion. I usually get the problem when I apply too much processing on the sky. Try going back to your RAW file and save to sRGB jpeg with no processing, you should see no banding issues and if so this will confirm that it's introduced during post processing.
Posted By: seanms
about 4 years, 6 months ago
ummmm.....DAMN!

now THAT is an amazing shot!

very well done.
Posted By: v1rtu0so
about 4 years, 6 months ago
chris gin: Thanks for the suggestion. However, I do not see the banding when the picture is in adobe RGB. When I convert it, it is introduced,although it is so subtle that depending on your monitor calibration, it might not appear.
The processing only consists of slight saturation bump and reducing the exposure a little in RAW.
Posted By: Beginning
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Awesome image.. Thanks for sharing.

The banding on this one is minimal compared to some on IFL.
Posted By: pixelfly
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Nice scenery, the disturbing thing for me are the white vehicles but thats not your fault ;)
Posted By: Tel Me Later
about 4 years, 6 months ago
I'm not worried about the vehicles - and they are symmetrically laid out in the picture! It's also a lovely warm picture, perfect for those damp dreary English winter days. It reminds me that life won't always be quite so miserable!

As for the banding, I imported the picture into Photoshop, drew a selection to include the sky and applied a gaussian blur of 20 pixels. That did for the banding nicely. Saving it as a JPG though reintroduced the banding (although a little less obviously) at even the maximum quality (i.e. least compression). Short of saving the picture as a pure (and very large) bitmap, I can only suggest that this is a problem inherent in the JPG compression algorithm where very gradual gradients are involved. Anyone better informed than me with any ideas?!
Posted By: Tel Me Later
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Incidentally, I've often thought that IFL could do with a separate forum not related to individual pictures so people could discuss tips and tricks of image processing and how to create a good wallpaper. It may or may not be a good idea but I don't know where else to suggest it.
Posted By: Farscape
about 4 years, 6 months ago
its OK but nothing special
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: buck2825
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Nice shot love the Antenna real cool.

What stitching software are you using. I have tried Canon Stitch-IT. Manually with gimp, Hugin, windows live gallery in vista (remember the commercial where the little girl makes a Pan of her fort in the living room), and the best I have found to date is Windows Image Composition Editor. This pains me to say because I'm an Open Source guy all the way.
Posted By: martjeb
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Tel Me Later: Maybe you could save it as PNG?
Posted By: moony337
about 4 years, 6 months ago
I love this picture. At first, I just looked at the lawn and the buildings and thought "Eh, it's alright." Then I looked up at the sky and was immediately wowed by it.

My only problem is with the box truck and the loading van, but what can you do
Posted By: stubulman
about 4 years, 6 months ago
The trucks impart a nice mise en scene to the image. It is a subtle mix of an architectural idyl plus real life activity.
Posted By: carlic4houston
about 4 years, 6 months ago
It looks like a one of those drug lord mansions. Like the one that appears in the movie Scarface when Al Pacino goes to Bolivia. Really nice.
Posted By: MacPro
about 4 years, 6 months ago
well... like pretty much everything posted on IFL nowadays, its just average. There are definitely a LOT better images on the loupe!
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Is this a competition, or what? Personally, I don't see the need for snarky comments. Constructive criticism is one thing, nasty put-downs are another.

As for image quality issues, you're never going to get the best results in JPEG format. Going from 16 bit RAW to 8 bit JPEG will create artifacts every time. Unfortunately, bandwidth considerations make TIFFs impractical for a site like this. But when I want a print ready version of an image, that's what I use. I haven't tried it recently, but downsampling from 16 bit to 8 bit color in TIFF format rather than going directly to JPEG may help prevent some problems. You might also change the color space, if your original is not in sRGB, in the 16 bit TIFF. The other issue that can cause trouble is the image scaling necessary to provide the various screen sizes. This, too, should be done to TIFF versions to insure the best possible results. This goes for other post processing as well. Of course, if an image needs post processing, the more that can be done in a program like Lightroom or Aperture (or other RAW processor) the better. In other words, there are a number of intermediate steps that can increase your chances of good output. Conversion to JPEG should be the absolute last step in the process.
Posted By: bah
about 4 years, 6 months ago
no offence for the photographer, the shot might be nice for a photography website but the past 2 images are simply a joke, as well as many before in the past weeks. i mean this is a WALLPAPER website. im so bored. if i wouldn't have so much work i would create a better website than this with a better variety and quality.
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 4 years, 6 months ago
@WhiteDog: I've always found that critics will slowly but surely resort over time to a purely pseudo-quantitative stance by comparing the piece to others before it, successively. Saying something like "well, at least it is better than the rest of what I have seen" reflects more on the critic's complete lack of qualitative criticism than it does on the actual piece.
Posted By: KenRockwell
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Try to save it as PNG. The JPG compression is what causes the bending. You can also upload your pictures as PNG to IFL. Try that!
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 4 years, 6 months ago
@bah, there are lots of other wallpaper sites out there, do none of them meet your needs?
Posted By: v1rtu0so
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Thanks for the comments.
I will try submitting it in PNG or TIFF for the future.
To the critics: It is not as though I lobbied the webmaster to put my image on the frontpage. It has been voted to be here; if you feel compelled to criticize why it's here, it may be wiser for you to bash the voters rather than photographer (on a different note, it's only my second submission and I honestly did not expect it to make it). Constructive critcism, on the other hand, is very welcomed. For example, I am glad to have learned about how banding can be avoided in the future!
Posted By: Expedio
about 4 years, 6 months ago
I love this photograph. Wish that van wasn't there though.
Posted By: bah
about 4 years, 6 months ago
i dont believe the pics are getting voted like i wrote at the pic before. thats the point. if it would be so many better pics would be here to download. and @ chris. show me some please.
Posted By: Chris Gin
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Try this: http://tinyurl.com/ycenqkd
Posted By: moony337
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Here's the funny thing, you're not required to put up every picture as your wallpaper when they are put on the front-page, so learn to appreciate the wallpapers you do happen love by understanding that they're not coming at a dime a dozen. At the same time understand that this website isn't solely intended to appease one member or his/her opinions on what should be voted from The Loupe, c'est la vie.
Posted By: josephwm
about 4 years, 6 months ago
nice one Chris... As for this picture, I like it. Especially the green foreground, and the clouds that almost had me fooled as mountains.
about 4 years, 6 months ago
Additional dual- and triple-monitor resolutions have been added.

cheers, luke
Posted By: Mrlncredible
about 4 years, 6 months ago
I created an account just to say this is beautiful.
Posted By: tyce
about 4 years, 5 months ago
^what he said.

ABS gorgeous!

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