Panoramas From Plainsboro Preserve

We went to the Plainsboro Preserve a few days ago to get a nice walk and to see if there were some interesting views of McCormack Lake or the Wooded Areas along the trail before the leaves come out and hide the views from the White Trail. I was traveling light with just my Olympus OM-D E-Mk1 with a Panasonic 14-140mm lens to photograph some handheld multi-image panoramas (assembled in Photoshop). Most of the panoramas were taken @ 14mm. The Featured Image is a 9 image panorama @ 14mm. This Post is mainly panorama views with Lake McCormack through the trees bordering Lake McCormack.

10 Image panorama, Olympus OM-D mk I, 14mm
8 Image panorama, Olympus OM-D mk I, 14mm
3 Vertical Image pano, Olympus OM-D mk I, 14mm
4 Vertical Image pano, Olympus OM-D mk 1, 14mm
Bench at Lake McCormack, 2 Image Stacked Pano, 32mm, Olympus OM-D mk 1
White Trail View of Lake McCormack Through Trees, 14mm, 2 Image Pano, Olympus OM-D mk 1

A Walk At Plainsboro Preserve

It was a nice sunny day yesterday so we ventured out to take a walk at the Audubon Plainsboro Preserve near us. It is 1,000 acres with with diverse habitats and wildlife & one of the largest lakes in the area, Lake McCormack. We concentrated walking on the White Trail straightaway because of the nest building of Canada Geese further down the path. We heard & saw the Canada Geese attacking walkers getting too close to their nesting areas. The Featured Image of Lake McCormack is a 12 image Panorama taken @ 14mm with an Olympus OMD & blended together in Photoshop.

Osprey Platform from the White Trail. 2 image stack @ 140mm, Olympus OM-D E-M1, to have more water showing in the foreground.
Tree showing Beaver Damage. 5 image stack/pano, 140mm, Olympus OM-D E-M1
View From White Trail Looking at Lake McCormack Thru the Trees. 2 image blend for more height @ 15mm, Olympus OM-D mk 1
Another Beaver Damaged Tree Along White Trail. 5 Image Pano, @ 140mm, OM-D E-M1
Trees Along White Trail with the Woods in the background. 3 image blend @ 140mm, Olympus OM-D mk 1
Lake McCormack with Lake McCormack In Background. 2 Vertical Image Pano @ 14mm
Trees Along Path With Lake McCormack In Background. 4 Image Pano Blend @14mm

More Panoramas From 7 Lakes Drive

Additional Panorama Images from the 7 Lakes Drive in Harriman State Park. Most images were taken with a Canon 24-105mm lens with a Canon 1D mkIV. The last image was taken with a Panasonic GH2 m43 format camera with a 14-140mm lens. The Featured Image is made from 2- handheld 24mm horizontal images blended in Photoshop for a taller image to get a little more sky & foreground.

7 Lakes Drive, 2 Vertical Image Panorama for a little more height, shot @ 55mm. Blended in Photoshop.
7 Lakes Drive, 3 Vertical Image Panorama for more height, shot @ 50mm. Blended in Photoshop.

7 Lakes Drive, 5 Vertical Images Panorama, Overlapped Horizontally for a little more height, shot @ 60mm. Blended in Photoshop
7 Lakes Drive, 4 Vertical Image Panorama, Overlapped Horizontally for a little more height, shot @ 55mm. Blended in Photoshop.
7 Lakes Drive, 4 – 24mm Horizontal Images Stacked Vertically Panorama, Images Blended in Photoshop
7 Lakes Drive, 3 Horizontal Images Stacked Vertically Panorama, taken @14mm m43 Panasonic GH2

Cloudscape & Snow Geese High Flight Panorama

On a trip a few years ago to the Brigantine Division of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife I noticed this flock of Snow Geese flying high above me. I took a couple of images but because the Geese were so high above me it did not look that interesting. Then I decided to shoot a quick 2 image series for a panorama to show a wider view of the flock of Snow Geese flying in the interesting clouds above. I was using an Olympus OMD 1 with a 14-140mm lens @ 14mm. The panorama was assembled in Photoshop, letting Photoshop align & blend the Panorama.

Davidsons Mill Pond Park Panoramas

Another handheld panorama from Davidsons Mill Pond Park. I liked the reflections of the clouds in the pond and on this visit the sky and clouds were great. It seemed to add more “depth” to the water in the foreground. This was a simple 2 horizontal images pano, shot with an Olympus OMD-1  with a 14-140mm lens @ 14mm. The 2 images were loaded into one layered Photoshop file. Then I used Photoshop to Align & then Blend the layers for the final panorama image. I usually keep the layered PSD file also in case I want to tweak something later. Then I flatten the image and rename it for the final Image version. I do not use some of the stand alone specialized Panorama programs since Photoshop does such a good job with panoramas, even Panoramas that are stacked rows of multi-images, such as 8 images wide x 10 images high (80 images). It might take a while for Photoshop to churn it out. But that depends on your computer and how much Ram it has. 

4 Image Panorama, 14mm, m43 Panasonic, @ f/8
4 Image Panorama, 14mm, m43 Olympus OMD-1 @ f/8, 1/1600 sec.
2 Image Panorama, f/8, 24mm, EOS R, R72 Infrared Filter, Then Convert to B&W

Blackwater NWR Clouds At Sunset

I was working on files from previous photo trips. Now that I am retired I can go through my backup drives to post images that I did not have time to post before. This is a Sunset taken at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland a few years ago. Dramatic or interesting sunsets are quite often seen at Blackwater NWR. Some have told me that dramatic sunsets at Blackwater are because it is somewhat close to the coast. I am not sure on that, but Blackwater NWR does deliver on interesting sunrises & sunsets! Image taken with a 14-140mm lens @ 48mm on an Olympus body. I was going retouch out the aircraft contrails, but decided to leave them in.

131 Egrets In Trees

I am still working on images from past trips. Gives me something to do during these Covid times. This is a 3 image handheld panorama shot with a m43 Olympus OM D-1 with a 14-140mm lens @ 41mm (Full Frame equivalent ~82mm). Then aligned & blended in Photoshop. Just for fun or maybe boredom, I counted about 131 Egrets plus 5 Roseate Spoonbills & 6 Wood Storks. I probably missed a few and could not see what was on the reverse side of the trees. Below are a few cropped in sections.

Cropped in section from main Panorama
Another cropped in section from main Panorama

Magnolia Plantation Swamp Garden Landscapes

As you are entering Magnolia Gardens Audubon Swamp Garden you are walking along the Ashley River. The featured landscape is a 4 image panorama taken @ 14mm with a 14-140mm on an Olympus OM-D-E m1. As you are walking here you can see a lot of birds and some alligators on the other side of the path. It is a large open area so some of the Wildlife is far off in the distance, but you can see some birds & alligators close up if you are patient. Sometimes the Alligators are too close-up!

Fallen Tree with clouds, 14-140mm lens @14mm, OM-D E-M1
Swamp Garden views from Boardwalk, Magnolia Swamp Garden, 14-140mm, m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
Magnolia Swamp Garden view, 14-140mm, m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
Swamp Garden views along Boardwalk, Magnolia Swamp Garden, 14-140mm, m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
Swamp Garden views along Boardwalk, Magnolia Swamp Garden, 14-140mm, m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
Trees Along Boardwalk, Magnolia Swamp Garden, 14-140mm, m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
Magnolia Swamp Garden View, 14-140mm m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
View of Swamp & Boardwalk, 14-140mm m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
Alligator with baby Alligator, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 182mm, Canon R
Swamp Garden Path, 14-140mm m43 lens @ 14mm, OM-D E-M1
Immature Little Blue Heron, Magnolia Swamp Garden, Near the beginning of the Waterfowl Refuge and Swamp, Tamron 150-600mm @ 600mm , Canon R.
This was taken in the large open area before the boardwalk through the Swamp Garden.

Assorted Birds From Magnolia Plantation Audubon Swamp

The Audubon Swamp Garden on the grounds of Magnolia Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina is a 60 acre cypress and tupelo swamp. In the past the swamp served as a reservoir for the plantation’s rice cultivation. Now it is an interesting and easy Swamp to walk through on the trails and raised boardwalks to get some interesting images. For Wildlife we mostly saw a variety of birds and quite a few alligators on this visit. Most of the birds we saw were quite far out so even shooting @ 600mm I had to crop the images some. But it was still a Great area to photograph and to just see as we were walking through the Swamp Garden. The landscapes & cloudscapes in the swamp were very interesting also, but that will be a different post.

Immature Little Blue Heron, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm, Canon R, cropped image
Little Green Heron, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm, Canon R, cropped image
Immature Little Blue Heron, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm, Canon R, cropped image
Great Blue Heron that was close by the trail, 2 horizontal stacked images panorama, @140mm, Olympus OMD
Immature Little Blue Heron, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm, Canon R, cropped image
Little Green Heron, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm, Canon R, cropped image
Little Green Heron, 150-600mm Tamron lens @ 600mm, Canon R, cropped image

Panoramas From Davidsons Mill Pond Park

We went to Davidsons Mill Pond Park to photograph a few panoramas, mostly for cloud formations. The Featured Image is of the small pond near the main parking area. Photographed from the wooded back area showing the pond from a different vantage point. This is 5 images, handheld @ 14mm, Panasonic 14-140mm, Olympus OM-D E-M1. When doing panoramas with the m43 format I tend to overlap the images much more than when using my standard Canon equipment.

4 Image Landscape Panorama, @ 14mm, OM-D mk 1
4 Image Cloud Panorama (with moon to left of cloud formation), @ 48mm, OM-D mk 1
4 Image Cloud Panorama, @ 14mm, OM-D mk 1
3 Image Milkweed Bugs on Milkweed Panorama, 140mm, OM-D mk1
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