Photo: Arlington National Cemetery
The burial place of soldiers, presidents, and diplomats.


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Photo: Hand-holding At
The Smithsonian
Air and Space Museum,
Washington Dulles International Airport

I visited Washington, D.C. with some friends back in October. It was a pretty full five days or so, with private guided tours to some locations and other tours booked at the White House and the Capitol.

If you've read many of my posts in the past, it may be understood that my camera is now nearly 10 year old technology. It wouldn't be that big a deal if it was a DSLR, but I'm not into changing lenses, so it isn't.

At the time it was released, the Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ30 was about as good as it got for a "bridge camera" - a DSLR-like body, great lens . . . and a tiny point-and-shoot sensor that pretty much maxes out ISO 200 - and that is pretty noisy. But that's the camera I have, until I win the lotto.

One of our stops was the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum at Washington Dulles International Airport. It's a big place that takes all day to tour, and there are still things you might miss out on. Fortunately, there's a McDonalds inside.

This panorama was created from three handheld shots that have proved the value of #Topaz  plugins for #Photoshop  . I began with some Adobe Camera Raw adjustments to even out the lighting on the plane. Also used were #TopazDenoise , #TopazDetail , and some other adjustment layers, including a copy of the smooth de-noised version that was further given about a 30 px. gaussian blur, then set to hard light blend mode. To top it all off was a levels adjustment layer masked to darken the foreground and background and make the plane stand out.
 
So, here it is with a lot to nitpick, maybe, but between the camera and my shaky hands, this is all you get! Enjoy!

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Photo: Send In The Marines!
Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

Another handheld panorama from my visit to Washington, D.C. back in October. Raw files were sent from #Lightroom   to #PhotoshopCC2014  to create the panorama, then a couple of heavily masked levels layers to bring the plane out from its surroundings and even out the lighting a bit. A photo filter layer adjusted the color to match the lighting of the scene, and a bunch O' noise reduction with #TopazDenoise  finished off the production.

Not too bad for a tiny sensor and shaky hands.


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Photo: *
De Plane! De Plane!*
A jet plane at the Smithsonian

This is another panorama made from three hand-held shots. Processing was mostly in #PhotoshopCC  with a bunch of masked adjustment layers to bring the plane out from its surroundings- something of a re-lighting job.

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Photo: Space Shuttle Discovery
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Chantilly, Virginia

Our little group spent a day wandering around this place. This shot has its flaws, most especially camera shake, but at this size it looks decent enough, I guess. I used the method #Topaz  gave a bit of publicity last week, using a high pass filter and  #TopazDenoise  to sharpen a noisy photo, and it also helped to disguise some of the camera shake, if you don't look too closely.

I also clone-stamped a couple of people out of the scene, as their presence didn't advance the story in the photo. Also used were #Lightroom5  and Adobe Camera Raw as a filter in #PhotoshopCC . For all the improvements, I still had to do size reduction to hide the very apparent problems- even if you know about them now for having read this far!

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Send In The Marines!
Smithsonian Air & Space Museum

Another handheld panorama from my visit to Washington, D.C. back in October. Raw files were sent from #Lightroom   to #PhotoshopCC2014  to create the panorama, then a couple of heavily masked levels layers to bring the plane out from its surroundings and even out the lighting a bit. A photo filter layer adjusted the color to match the lighting of the scene, and a bunch O' noise reduction with #TopazDenoise  finished off the production.

Not too bad for a tiny sensor and shaky hands.


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