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Travelog: Visiting Overland Park Kansas with the Canon 1.2L: The Arboretum.

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
I was given a list by Julia Biliia, the Recreation Supervisor of ther City of Overland Park gave me a short list of "must visit" places. The first was the Arboretum.

There are so many themeed gardens, a prairie, a model railroad for kids and many woods paths to get lost in, ocassionally coming across another lake.




Asher Kelman: French Romance in Kansas

Canon 6D, 50 1.2L
Topaz Impression


Asher
 
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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
the "painting" is grand
Thanks, Steven.

Here below are official Arboretum pictures from their catalog to give an indication of the philosophy behind their efforts at elcoming folk. Note: the next five pictures are from the City's website!https://www.opkansas.org/things-to-see-and-do/arboretum-and-botanical-gardens/





City of Overland Park Kansas: Welcoming Garden





City of Overland Park Kansas: Lakeside Ampitheatern




City of Overland Park Kansas: Childrens' Discovery Garden
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
The place is vast. One can go on a hike through woods. or just amble around lakes with turtles sunning and named exotic trees and plants all around. There are volunteers at a welcome lodge to help guide visitors to each patrons interests. For me it was to capture flowers and the waters before the sun sets.






City of Overland Park Kansas: Tour Map of Arboretum and Hiking Trails
 
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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Now around the lakes:




Asher Kelman: Waterfall

9 Images stitched in AutoPano Giga




Far, later in the day, simply walking far on the far side, one can still include the waterfall, but, now the sun iat a lower angle and the colors are far richer! I have taken this further with an added warm hue. This makes up for the sky being totally devoid of clouds!





Asher Kelman: Wide view of Lake with Water fall

9 Images stitched in AutoPano Giga


Yes, this is an amazingly well cared for horticultural garden!

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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Some scenes take a lot of overlapping shots when one just has one lens.However, I do not use a tripod, just a reasonable hand-held speed with no need for image stabilization.



Asher Kelman: Panoramic view of one lakeside garden.

Arboretum, City of Oveland Park, Kansas, 2017
50 Stitched images with Autopano Giga
Clarity filter by topaz






Asher Kelman: Panoramic view of Grassland

Arboretum, City of Oveland Park, Kansas, 2017
Clarity filter by topaz








Asher Kelman: Panoramic view Bridge and Reflections in Pool

Arboretum, City of Oveland Park, Kansas, 2017
18 Images Stitched in Autopano giga,
Clarity filter by topaz



The availability of the landscape, with all the flowers, trees, lakes, wooden bridges in shaded glens, gushing springs and waterfalls is such a blessing to all who visit. It is very relaxing and the place is so large that one can find solace too!


Asher
 
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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
This is just a scouting trip so no filters for the sky.

Autumn will be far better!


Keep watching, more to come, I promise!


Asher
 
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Doug Kerr

Active member
Hi, Asher,

Thank you for this treat of beautiful pix from a beautiful place.

The pano work is very craftsmanlike. Still, perhaps it is a result of the projection used, but somehow these make me a little "queasy", as if this isn't really what the scene would look like to me if seen directly. Perhaps this is just the curse of the engineer.

In any case, these are beautiful pieces. Thanks.

Best regards,

Doug
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Hi, Asher,

Thank you for this treat of beautiful pix from a beautiful place.

The pano work is very craftsmanlike. Still, perhaps it is a result of the projection used, but somehow these make me a little "queasy", as if this isn't really what the scene would look like to me if seen directly. Perhaps this is just the curse of the engineer.

In any case, these are beautiful pieces. Thanks.

Best regards,

Doug
Well, for a start, the field of view is rather greater than that of the human eye, so there is compression. So it's more like looking at the views from your private helicopter. Then it's quite realistic! 😇

Except I admit artistic license when I added a Sienna evening light to the one scene by the lake surounded by flowers. I couldn't resist!

Asher
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Well Doug,

You had a problem with wider views. I acrtually prefer some width, as we are more confortable knowing what is next to what we are interested in, unless we are going for the kill!




Asher Kelman: Waterfall

Nine 50mm 1.2L Canon 5D Images stitched in AutoPano Giga



Here, for you a narrower viewpoint, processed separately as a new image, without reference to hte one above.




Asher Kelman: Waterfall at Overland Park Arboretum

Just 2 adjacent 50mm 1.2L shots stitched in Autopano Giga
Topaz Clarity


Is this a little easier on the eye? To me, the wider viewer above is less clinical and more relaxed. Perhaps you agree with me here and are objecting to ultra superwide views.


Asher
 

Doug Kerr

Active member
Hi, Asher,

I was given a list by Julia Biliia, the Recreation Supervisor of ther City of Overland Park gave me a short list of "must visit" places. The first was the Arboretum.

There are so many themeed gardens, a prairie, a model railroad for kids and many woods paths to get lost in, ocassionally coming across another lake.




Asher Kelman: French Romance in Kansas

Canon 6D, 50 1.2L
Topaz Impression
Thai is just exquisite. The "painted" effect is just right.

Best regards,

Doug
 

Doug Kerr

Active member
Hi, Asher,

Well Doug,

You had a problem with wider views. I acrtually prefer some width, as we are more confortable knowing what is next to what we are interested in, unless we are going for the kill!




Asher Kelman: Waterfall

Nine 50mm 1.2L Canon 5D Images stitched in AutoPano Giga



Here, for you a narrower viewpoint, processed separately as a new image, without reference to hte one above.




Asher Kelman: Waterfall at Overland Park Arboretum

Just 2 adjacent 50mm 1.2L shots stitched in Autopano Giga
Topaz Clarity
Those are both quite nice, and indeed I have less of a "credibility" problem with them than with some of the wider works.

For some reason the second seems to have less "sharpness" than the first.

But in any case, I prefer the first one for its wider scope.

Thanks.

Best regards,

Doug
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
That's a grand collection of photos, Asher. I especially liked Lakeside Amphitheater.

Thanks, Tom!

I really enjoyed the visit. It's commendable that the City considers protected open spaces so valuable that it invests in the upkeep and monitoring of so many different tree and plant species.

Asher
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
This is one view across one of the lakes, way beyond the turtles. (which I will post shortly)






Asher Kelman: Lakeside Beyond the Turtles

Autopano Giga Stitch of 2 jpg shots Canon 6D 50m 1.2L
Topaz Clarity







I have also used this one landscape picture to show the effects of a number of ddigital filters in enhancing the digital image.


I hope you find the results enjoyable.


Asher
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
It was later, and everyone was returning to get to the gates before they locked up at dusk. I was taken by this couple, very loving enjoying the walk back by the edge of a lake, every so often pausing to take in one last view of the light over the water.





Asher Kelman: Couple Strolling at Sunset #1
Overland Arboretum, September 2017
Canon 5DII 50mm 1.2L


I analyse the options for processing this image here.

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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Here is a picture made from 65 handheld overlapping frames. For speed, I use out of the camera jpg files and this is my first quick process. No fancy filters used. Just careful adjustments in exposure.




Asher Kelman: Stream with Water Lillies
Overland Arboretum, September 2017
Canon 5DII 50mm 1.2L
65 jpg stitched in Autopano Giga, adjusted
locallyfor exposure in Photoshhop CC 2017
Topaz Adjust for final exposure optimization


As I love this I will carefully repeat it processed from the larger and richer RAW files and then recover the detail on the several rocks on the right which are over exposed in the simpler jpg files. Hopefully I will return many times to Overland Park and repeat this with a wide angle lens and a tripod support! What would I do for one giant dragonfly and a happy frog! This should then make a very large and detailed print which I will cherish.

Asher
 
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