The Making of Highway 12 IV

This is a behind the scenes look at the making of Highway 12 IV, a fine art, black and white panoramic image from the series Upon Sand. When the prints from Upon Sand were first exhibited last year, there was a lot of interest in the techniques I used to create them. This quick video was created to serve as a visual illustration of that process, from raw capture to stitching and final post-processing.

The video illustrates everything from initial image capture using my Nikon D800e and 45mm PC-E lens mounted on Really Right Stuff panning gear and ballhead...

 

To image selection and RAW processing in Adobe Lightroom...

Early panorama stitching in Autopano Giga...

 Correction of geometric distortion in DxO ViewPoint...

Correction of geometric distortion in DxO ViewPoint...

Final cropping, manual retouching, and black and white conversion in Adobe Photoshop...

To the final sharpened image, ready to print, after completing all local adjustments to tone and contrast.