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The Great Green Way is the road from Cairns to Townsville in Queensland Australia. It is well known for its close access to the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropical Rainforests.

I’ve already shown a couple of shots of this area with Murray Falls, Josephine Falls and the Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal, and I expect I’ll show a few more before I’m done.

On the drive and on any of the stops we made what really struck home was the amount of precipitation they must get, and how green everything was. The rich rainforests and waterfalls are very typical here. From an agriculture point of view, this is sugar cane and banana belt country. We didn’t see a lot of blue skies while here, too much moisture in the air. More typical is white skies with clouds banking around the hills.

This large panorama was seen by us kind of in the middle of nowhere while driving from Mission Beach to Townsville. It was at a small roadside stop just south of Cardwell (near Hinchinbrook Island). It had been raining, and stopped, and I was just itching to get some pictures. We stopped here, I climbed a path up a muddy hill and was presented with this view. I had left my tripod in the car (of course) but had to go for a panorama on this one anyway.

Members of TE are invited to look at the large post here.

Have a look at: http://shop.oz-e.com.au/greatgreenway/GGW-Map2003.pdf

Workflow was as follows:
4 shots were taken in RAW all at the same exposure (f4.8, 1/60 @36mm) and processed together
On the 1st (far left) shot, I expanded the canvas to the right to allow for additional room to include the other 3 shots.
The separate files were transferred as layers to this 1st new file
Alignments were completed one at a time using the free transform tool in PS CS2 – with each successive one I found I had to change the size marginally and the angle to achieve perfect match.
With each successive alignment I added a layer mask to the upper layer, and the edge was brushed with 50% opacity black brush to ensure proper blending
When all 4 were complete I cropped to leave a clean panorama
I saved a copy at this point with the separate layers just in case I had to go back
Remaining layers were flattened to leave one file with one layer (still 16 bit)
Work could progress now as if it was a normal shot
Adjusted levels
Adjusted curves for contrast
Added an overlay layer and dodged and burned with 5% opacity black and white brush
Saved as a tiff
Duplicated the picture layer for sharpening with USM
Changed mode to 8 bits per channel
Resized, sharpened with a layer mask (50% opacity black brush), framed and saved as a jpeg for the large post
Stepped back to the mode change step and repeated the resizing, sharpening, and framing for the save as the smaller post

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