Photographer's Note

The last years before turning to digital photography I used to order the prints together with an image CD. It's really annoying when those CD's start an unnecessary programme each time you insert one in the CD drive. To avoid this I just transfered some of them on an ordinary CD. Amongst the pictures was a series I took at Zweibruecken Airport back in 2002. Browsing through the collection I tought it would be nice to make a panorama from the photos of the yellow VW Beetle which rotated slowly when it floated away.

The airfield on a hill over Zweibruecken was converted for civil use after the american forces left the site some years ago. To convince the poeple that all the funding was well spend, a party was held once a year up to 2003. The launch of five hot air balloons finished the little air show on Saturday, July 13th 2002, which was a bitter cold day for July. I captured the balloon launch from a bridge which consisted of two gangways they had coupled together. Amazingly this place in the cold wind was not very popular by other photographers.

When I took the photos I had of corse no intention to use them for a panorama and I was very busy with zooming. So I had to resize the selection of six pictures using the height of trees as a scale. Then I had to do some gamma corrections to adjust the colors. Now I stitched the single parts together. By the end I had matching colors at the ground but a very different looking sky. Marking the sky with the wand tool was quite easy. Then I filled the marked area with the unspoiled sky of a seventh picture. After I had blended in some joints by hand the panorama was ready for the final resizing steps to post it to TE.

JRushen, Tayon, rtome, Rev, jafadabret, SampraS, johnnyh, capthaddock, PDP, Brian has marked this note useful

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