Digital Photography: It’s All About Perspective…

Digital Photography Ghost Ranch Web BW PanoLast week I took a little trip just a few miles North to one of my favorite swimming holes, Abiquiu Lake.  Abiquiu is a dammed portion of the Rio Chama River and makes for a great place to go jumping off of the cliffs, swimming back in the coves, and just generally hanging out on a hot summer day.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks Abiquiu is a great place to visit, because right across the highway from the lake is Ghost Ranch, a Presbyterian retreat marked by the yellow cliffs made famous by the extended visits of renowned artist Georgia O’Keefe, and legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams.

Last week I decided to try something new, I passing a sign that said,, “monastery”, just North of Ghost Ranch, and I remembered a tidbit from the news about a year ago of a monk getting stabbed at one of the local monasteries.  So, a 13-mile trek down a one-lane washboard road, and I arrived at “Monastery of Christ in the Desert”.

It was amazing.  The highway, SR 151, runs adjacent to the Rio Chama (Chama River), through thirteen miles of nothing but scenic river.  (The Chama also makes for a great float-trip if you’re looking to have a relaxing day on the river.)

Here are two quick pics I took of the local cliffs and scenery.  Tomorrow, I’ll show you how I fixed my perspective and also how you can adjust the perspective in your pictures.

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  1. OH! That is such a gorgeous photo!!! And after having spent 2 weeks trying to capture the beauty of Costa Rica, I appreciate your pictures just that much more!! You MUST come visit me in Costa Rica and take lots of pictures!!!
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  2. Kevin Bettencourt

    Wow! Such a dramatic difference. I love the way you typed enough so I had to scroll to see the second picture. Your advice to amateurs is so helpful I’m not sure you even know. Changing the perspective of a picture during travel photography can preserve the emotions you felt as you gazed upon the subject which really embodies why the attempt was made.

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    • Thanks Kevin,
      The images used for this posting are actually combined from a panorama assembly of 5 or 6 shots each, taken on a tripod. The images are then assembled, adjusted and corrected for perspective, and then laid out as a panorama with multiple perspective corrections applied, but first (Continued on Perspective Part 2)…

  3. Clare Delaney

    Fabulous pictures Dewayne (as always) but the thought of a panorama assembly…..yikes!

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  4. Hi Dewayne,

    The landscape photos in your post are glorious!

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  5. Dewayne, its looks af if the enviroment that you live in gives you the ability to take all sorts of cool photos of nautre. Do you have any tips for taking pictures of people.
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  6. You live in a very photogenic part of the world Dewayne .