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International Aid to Nepal Ramps Up

Sure hoping everyone can get home safely. 3 Coloradans still out there, hanging out for a couple days at Basecamp until a plan is devised…#Nepal #EarthQuake

TIME

As the death toll from Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake surpasses 4,350, international aid agencies and foreign governments are scrambling to deliver much-needed financial assistance and supplies to Nepal.

Since Saturday, supplies, search-and-rescue and medical teams have been sent from around the world to Nepal’s only international airport, located in the capital, Kathmandu.

Here are some of those efforts:

The U.S. announced Monday it would donate an additional $9 million in assistance for Nepal, bringing the total to $10 million through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In addition, search-and-rescue teams have been dispatched to Nepal as part of USAID’s disaster-assistance response team and 45 tons of supplies have been dispatched.

“This emergency assistance builds on our years of support for risk-reduction partnerships in Nepal,” said Jeremy Konyndyk, director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.

India has been heavily involved in the aid operation to Nepal since Saturday…

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Fall Family Favorites (So far)

Photo Merging the Front Range

Last night I lugged my DSLR, lenses, and tripod to the top of Horsetooth Rock for my first real photo merging into a panorama experience. This is an in depth process, and there is by no means one way to achieve great photographic results. For instance, I used a tripod thinking it would make for an easier merging process. Wrong. Well, in this case. I have an ultra wide angle lens which already adds distortion to photos.

Something I’m really glad I did was use strictly manual settings on my camera. It takes more knowledge and even a little trial and error for me still, but it streamlines the process in Lightroom afterwards. After importing the photos into Lightroom, all you need to do is edit ONE photo the precise way you want it (general presets, no brushes, filters, etc). Hold down the shift key, select all the photos you want to incorporate into the panorama, and then sync, tah-daa!

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I used a Lightroom/Photoshop/Lightroom process. I’ll post a video or podcast on how I did it at another time.

Ok, time to see a couple of my favorite panoramas from last night!

Panorama #1 (Click to enlarge and do it justice!)

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Panorama #2 (Click to enlarge and do it justice!)

IMG_1843These photos are available for purchase. Fill out the CONTACT FORM or just shoot an email to levander.ryan@gmail.com and I’d be happy to talk rates with you!

These photos are massive in size. Around 11,000 pixels each. That equates to them spanning almost 10 feet in length before image quality will be compromised. Go big or go home, eh? 😉

FINALLY, FOR THE POLL:

Looks Can Be Deceiving

This morning I was going over photos from a recent family shoot with some clients of mine. I started out going through my workflow in Adobe Lightroom (as always) and took off one toolbar as I wasn’t using it. I always like to work with just what I need, to give me a better view of the photos I’m working with. I then preceded to take off the the other three toolbars, and it gave me a totally different perspective of the photo.

BEFORE

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AFTER

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I’ve done this before, but this one gave me a different perception than the others did. This is a good example of how my photos would look if they were to be blown up into a large, framed picture, canvas, panorama, etc. All of my photos I take with clients on shot on RAW, which enables me to do this with any photo my clients wish, even after being edited to their desire.

As a photographer, I feel it’s always import to get a different perspective. That being said, I feel that getting a perspective from someone else is equally as important as toggling between a different view mode.

Worst feedback on photos to get: Your photos look good! (What does that mean??)

Best feedback on photos to get: Your photos lack diversity in genre. Also, the skies look fake because the saturation levels are boosted too much. (THANK YOU for you honesty!!) 🙂

I also have some of my media work on NoCo Lifestyle. If you or someone you know is thinking about relocation in the Northern Colorado area, that’s the place to visit.

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If a picture is worth 1000 words, this will leave you breathless.

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