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Wallpaper Details: Moraine Lake Panorama

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Moraine Lake Panorama by lucasjungmann
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Moraine Lake Panorama

August 7th, 2010

9-shot bracketing, 6-frame panorama, totaling 54 exposures. Combined in Photomatix and then merged in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Final color corrections in Adobe Lightroom 3 and sharpening and resizing in CS5 with the Kenko Polarizing filter.

Nikon D300s, AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED at 17mm and ISO 100. Velbon tripod, Manfrotto head.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: v1rtu0so
about 3 years, 11 months ago
I'm sorry but this shot is tastelessly extravagant.
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: kh3na
about 3 years, 11 months ago
man this shot is amazing , will stay on my desktop for a while !!
Posted By: Brandon
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Wow, good work! I voted for it and it's my wallpaper now =)
Posted By: knaim2
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Big talent on this site, wow!

Thank you SOOOO much for sharing your valuable work. I will take care of this as much as you do and keep it as my desktop for quite a while until something storms in and commands it's spot!
Posted By: fieroloki
about 3 years, 11 months ago
I could see this being a map for halo. :)

Looks awesome.
Posted By: trout
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Seriously great image though the focus is a shade tall for Mac users. The top of the foremost mountain is slightly intruding on the Menu Bar. It catches my eye, but nothing too terrible to keep this image from my screen.
Posted By: lucasjungmann
about 3 years, 11 months ago
I resized the picture not thinking.. and this aspect ratio is wayyyy off. I jsut ignored it thinking it wouldnt make it on. Its suppose to be a panoramic aspect ratio.. but im glad you enjoy ;)
Posted By: BlackEagle754
about 3 years, 11 months ago
How on earth did I miss this in the Loupe? Very very nice!
Posted By: brizkit
about 3 years, 11 months ago
This is indeed an eye-popping little wallpaper, but I have to agree with trout. It does feel a bit cramped up north. Any chance of a fixed upload with the proper aspect ratio?
Posted By: TME
about 3 years, 11 months ago
There are serious merging flaws in this shot... how did it get onto this site?! The first and and last third shows a sharp transition from dark to light, some fault with the stitching software. The extreme left shows a dark trapezoidal band with white halo. The mountain is covered with a thick white halo which looks like it's been too strongly edited with curves or levels, the details on the dark mountains on the left are almost totally lost... they look like flat slabs of colour. Finally the image is overly sharpened... you can see significany halos on the branches on the foreground and also on the slope of the mountain... overall extremely unnatural...
Posted By: lucasjungmann
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Alrighty since this was chosen here are the correct aspect ratios.
I totally didnt think this was going to get chosen.

So here are the two 16:10 aspect ratios of the two sides.

http://funkyimg.com/u2/991/517/17484August-Edit-2.jpg
http://funkyimg.com/u2/215/376/17484August-Edit-3.jpg

and here is the panoramic aspect ratio as was.
(the top and bottom of your screen will just be black..)

http://funkyimg.com/u2/900/802/17484August-Edit.jpg

Hope that looks better ;)
Posted By: Frostmint
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Wow! Is this *real*? Those mountains are huge O_o
Posted By: sabern
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Edit:
http://funkyimg.com/u2/599/946/02330_morainelakepanorama_1680x1050-Edited.jpg
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: Yo P
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Hey dewey2999,

which is the original one? The pictures in your comment or the uploaded ones?
Posted By:
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Allthough very, very impressive shot and work, thisone did not made it to my desk for several reasons: Colors (esp. Sky/Trees) does not look natural enough to me (but i can live with that) but what makes my eyes somewhat hurt is the angle/sharpness (right side seems to go too blurry, whilst left side is very, very sharp. But nevertheless again: impressive work.
Posted By: lucasjungmann
about 3 years, 11 months ago
the one in my comments is the real deal. The one on IFL is in a crazy aspect ratio..
Posted By: sabern
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Original Edit:
http://funkyimg.com/u2/836/117/17484August-Edit-Edited2.jpg
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: precalc2
about 3 years, 11 months ago
unbelievable shot
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 3 years, 11 months ago
This image had a lot of potential. But there are some serious stitching problems, as TME said. And the sky in particular is over-processed, looking incredibly unnatural. Likewise, the tops of the mountains are too dark. This was an ambitious project and I applaud you for the effort. But I think you need to return to the drawing board and see if you can improve the image stitching. Perhaps you should skip Photomatix and use Photoshop for the HDR processing and the image stitching; you might get a more consistent result. And skip the polarizing filter effect altogether. It's a bright, sunny day near noon; the sky should be pale blue and the clouds should be fleecy white. Also, with so many photos to work from, their should have been more sky available at the top so the mountains don't crowd the edge so closely. Alternatively, you could crop a little of the top of the peak on the left so that it would break the frame of the image and serve to draw the eye into the picture. This would have the added advantage of raising the horizon line so that the weight of the water and the mountains would not balance so equally. This would improve the overall composition. I realize you are enjoying working with some new tools; but don't let the tools get in the way of the art. They are, after all, only tools. It's the end result that counts. Your tools and processing should be invisible. As a rule, if you can tell an image was processed, it's usually been over done.
This comment is rated: insightful
Posted By: stubulman
about 3 years, 11 months ago
"...raising the horizon line so that the weight of the water and the mountains would not balance so equally." @WhiteDog, this is my major complaint. My eye is drawn to the milky water, not the subject mountain.

I may fiddle with the water to make it more reflective. I was expecting a crystal clear body of water even though that is not what nature provided.
Posted By: Clyde
about 3 years, 11 months ago
As this will obviously get deleted, I'll just call it as I see it.

A mess.

The left side of the picture shows obvious signs of dust on the lens/sensor. Pretty easy to remove with all the software you were using. How could you miss it ?
The colours are frightening. I only ask why ?
The HDR is so overdone the whole thing looks like one of those velvet paintings you win at the fair.

You had everything at your disoposal. The scene, the equipment, the weather...how could the final shot end up like this ?

Those who see this as a work of art are easily impressed by shiny things.
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: Parki
about 3 years, 11 months ago
i see lots of bad halos there....
Posted By: Vex
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Awesome! You must be worked so hard for this!

@Clyde: I don't care if you are so professional and try to catch every single mistake someone made, but don't mock the people who just like to enjoy pictures as they see. "Those who see this as a work of art are easily impressed by shiny things"? If you are an adult, you should be ashamed saying like that.
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 3 years, 11 months ago
I agree with Vex. I found plenty to criticize in the picture but I saw no reason to malign those who enjoy it. Doing so would only have detracted from my own credibility, such as it is. This is not some high-toned, high stakes art contest. It is a sharing web site where people submit their work for their own satisfaction and the occasional pleasure of others. Constructive criticism is appropriate. Ad homonym put downs are not.
Posted By: Paradiddle
about 3 years, 11 months ago
I believe I was very drawn to this picture precisely because of its unnatural 'over-processed' look. It has a beautifully distinct luster to it that makes me feel like I'm seeing more beauty than I would if I were there in person.

Great work!
Posted By: Bosque
about 3 years, 11 months ago
I think the picture is amazing & I would imagine that Dewey enjoyed making it. I think a good read about constructive criticism is needed by some that have posted.
Posted By: Angela16
about 3 years, 11 months ago
This image is a great try and I applaud you for your efforts. I see what the artist is trying to do but I think WbiteDog made a great comment about how your tools can get in the way. I hope you keep submitting Dewey 2999, learn from every photograph. With scenery like this around your stuff will be golden.

On another note, sometimes I like the overly exaggerated colors, but the halos on the mountains is the biggest turn off.
Posted By: exeeman
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Dude, this shot is awesome, I really hope I could live there.
Posted By: Abrosious
about 3 years, 11 months ago
The original you posted in your comments is much more pleasant to look at. Doesn't even have the "dust-on-the-lens" that Clyde mentioned. Personally I don't think it's dust, but more of a negative effect of all the filters/editing-software/enhancers it's gone through. A kind of "stress" mark on the photograph so to speak.
Posted By: only4now
about 3 years, 11 months ago
good grief... everyone is such a critic...

really nice picture dewey!

i was hoping this made it off the Loupe :o)
Posted By: ile-de-M
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Canada is SO FREAKING BEAUTIFUL!

sorry, just gotta say that :)

great shot! my new wallpaper :)
Posted By: vicentes
about 3 years, 11 months ago
great shot!
Posted By: Xinthose
about 3 years, 11 months ago
anyone for a dip?? I like this picture because it just makes me want to jump in, swim, and just enjoy all of God's beautiful creation!!
Posted By:
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Thanks Dewey, 17484August-Edit.jpg made it for me. There's nothing refreshier than a bath in a cold mountainlake on a hot hiking day (and a beer afterwards ;) ).
Posted By: JFoleyDesigns
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Hey Dewey nice shot! A lot has already been said but I'll throw my two cents in as well. I think the image is only a few steps away from greatness.

First the photostitch - If you can just get them stitched so the sky doesn't have discoloration by the rear peak on the left and the craggy peak on the right, I'd be appeased.

Second the composition - Your correct aspect ratio is much better but I'd like to see more sky to give the mountains some breathing room. If that's not possible I agree with Whitedog's cropping comment.

Lastly, and the easiest, is color correction - The only thing I really find unsettling about the image is the tone of the sky and the overall saturation. If you could bring down the red tones of the sky so it is a more natural blue and less purple the image would feel less cold and alien. Also, all the colors are a bit too vibrant for me, but that's debatable.

Regardless, great work! I look forward to seeing more
Posted By: scarbies
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Simply. AMAZING.
Posted By: chogan
about 3 years, 11 months ago
Before I read the description, I honestly did not believe this was a real photo. I thought it was completely computer generated, everything was too sharp and in focus. Wow....this is some real technical achievements with the camera and Photoshop. Amazing quality.

The blue sky is around the mountains is a little offset in color but just barely, and the woods at the base of the mountain or cliff look the most computer generated. Other than that, nothing wrong.

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