Reviewing / reworking a few popular images of the recent past…

This is a view of the Columbia Gorge looking North and East from the Oregon side (a popular spot known as “Chanticleer point”). I.e.: the near cliffs on the other side of the river are part of the Southern coast of Washington State — specifically Clark county, my home.

You may have to scroll your screen to see the whole image, which covers approximately…30 miles of the Gorge(!)  That’s a lot of detail to capture. The only ways I know to adequately do such a job would be 1. use a “monster” panoramic digital camera such as this one http://tinyurl.com/dll2gx (which can be had for a mere $35k !) Or… 2. (My preferred method) shoot multiple overlapping frames then “stitch” them together in Photoshop. Here I stitched 18 frames, with a combined effective coverage equivalent to …180 megapixels (!) (I am not aware of any commercialy available camera that can do that in a single frame…)

I wish I could share the original in all its detail but the ‘native’ size of the composite file is…7 feet long and 3 feet tall(!) This means that in the days of film, it would have taken a 7ft long negative to reproduce the detail of this image in a “contact” print. It also means that it is technically impossible to share the original, or anything close to it, via the web.

Btw… With a ’simple’ 2x enlargement this file will produce a highly detailed mural, covering a 6ft tall x 14ft long section of a wall…

I could go on …

:-)
Gorge View AM