A “T” stories voting reminder and Panoramas

Usually, Alphabet Stories voting rounds seem to pass quickly and I find myself scrambling for a story. But, the Alphabet Challenge “T” Stories voting round is only halfway done and it already seems like it’s been running for a long while. Heck, I still have eight days before I need to write something.

My advice to readers is . . . don’t be like me. Get your reading in early and lock in your vote, preferably well ahead of time.

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge T-Stories” are HERE(link) Votes will be accepted until noon, Chicago time, on November 27th.

As usual, let me know if something goes wrong with the voting . . . and today we’re looking at two panoramas from our 2006 Utah Tour (LINK). The panoramas are from photos I shared on that post (although I didn’t present any panoramas there).

Arches National Park

That’s a panorama composed of four photos taken in portrait mode and stitched in Photoshop.

For this post, I decided to play with Luminar 4.0, Nik Collection Color Efex Pro 4, Topaz Restyle, Topaz Impression 2, Topaz Studio, Lightroom CC, and Photoshop CC.

So, first, I sent the above photo to Luminar 4.0.

Yes, I replaced the sky and punched-up the photo a bit. I didn’t save the intermediate steps, but I restyle it and then used Impressions 2.0 to ‘paint it’ . . . but, not just paint it. I wanted to do a mural of it.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a wall. But I did have some bricks, so I painted the scene on the bricks.

And, since I had some spare boards laying around . . .

Personally, I think the boards look better.

Here is a panorama of four photos taken in landscape mode and stitched in Photoshop.

If you want to see the original (larger) version, there is a link to the SmugMug gallery below. If you want just a bit larger version, click the photos.

Anyway, this too went to Restyle . . . and this time, I saved what came out . . .

Yes, I again replaced the sky to — hopefully — make it more interesting. But, did I stop there? Nope.

Here is the version run through Topaz Impression 2.0.

Clicking on those will get you a slightly larger version.

Of course, I had to try our Silver Efex Pro . . .

Interesting that they include a helicopter in the shot.

Anyway, I hope readers enjoyed this brief tour of Arches National Park and the processing of the photos. 

Until next time, TTFN. But first . . .

Here’s the LINK to the SmugMug Gallery. And here is the gallery of the above photos:

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